Local utility man heads to N.Y. state: PG&E sends 150

By From page A12 | October 31, 2012

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.

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.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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