A Diamond Springs man is heading to New York today to help deal with the damage from the monster storm that is swamping the East Coast.
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James Steele, who works for PG&E as a troubleman, left from Sacramento today. His son, Chris Steele, called to say his father will help to repair damage caused by the storm and to restore power to residents. A troubleman is usually the first person on the scene when the power goes out. If he can’t fix it, a crew is sent in.
“This is the first time in 40 years he has had to go out-of-state for a disaster,” Steele said, although he has been called to disaster sites elsewhere in the state. James Steele is also a priest at the Russian Orthodox Church in Diamond Springs.
Brandi Ehlers, a spokesperson for PG&E, said the company was sending 150 workers from Northern and Central California as part of a mutual aid effort. All of them are leaving today. The team includes electric crews, troublemen, damage assessment workers, and safety teams. A fleet of 60 trucks is also being driven cross country.
Ehlers said that crews would be on the East Coast from one to three weeks.
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