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October 20, 2020
Pike crews restore power across the country
Never in any year have so many hurricanes or tropical storms struck the United States as happened in 2020. Pike crews deployed to 15 states across the South and Northeast, from Texas to Connecticut, this year.
That work has not been easy or quick — crews have been on the job for as long as five weeks in order to get the lights back on. All told, total outages from hurricanes Isaias, Laura, Sally, Delta and Zeta totaled more than 6.2 million. With damage of that magnitude, a lot of dedicated employees are needed. Four of the storms required more than 1,000 Pike employees to be deployed.
In the aftermath of Isaias, about 1,400 employees were mobilized for work in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Pike crews also deployed to Florida, where Isaias was originally forecast to land. In response to Laura, Pike crews performed work in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi; a total of 1,682 employees were deployed for this mobilization.
Following Sally, 1,431 employees were deployed to Alabama and Florida. In the aftermath of Delta, Pike crews performed work in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, with a total of 936 linemen and 40 engineers deployed for this mobilization. Pike crews swung into action once again following Zeta, with 1,047 participating in restoration work in five states, including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
October 9, 2020
Pike deploys to eight states in wake of Hurricane Isaias
A two-week mobilization saw Pike crews deploy to eight states to restore power following Hurricane Isaias, only the first of multiple storms to which Pike responded in 2020.
Around 2.7 million customers lost power due to this storm, with nearly half of those in New Jersey. About 1,400 employees were deployed by Pike for this mobilization, with crews heading out starting on August 1 and the last crews not arriving back home until August 16.
Pike crews performed work in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Pike crews also deployed to Florida, where Isaias was originally forecast to land before making landfall instead in North Carolina. Pike remained on the move throughout the Isaias response. After landfall, the storm swept north, causing widespread outages in the densely populated Northeast. Pike employees continued to deploy and redeploy further north as needed, with the majority of the response taking place in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Connecticut. Some crews traveled from as far away as Texas to respond.
September 8, 2020
Nearly 1,700 Pike employees respond to Hurricane Laura
One of the most damaging hurricanes of 2020’s record-breaking season was Hurricane Laura, which at its peak in the Gulf of Mexico packed sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. Laura equaled the record for the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana, as measured by maximum sustained winds.
Pike essentially rebuilt the electrical infrastructure of Lake Charles, La., which was Laura’s damage epicenter. At the height of the response, Pike had the largest number of linemen on the response — three times the number of linemen of the next largest contractor. In all, 1,682 employees were deployed for this mobilization. Mobilization began on August 23, and the last crews didn’t return home until September 29.
Around 900,000 customers lost power due to this storm, including 588,000 in Louisiana and 249,000 in Texas. In addition to Louisiana, Pike crews performed restoration work in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.