The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners will issue a proclamation at the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, commending the PNM employees who responded to the call of duty to help citizens affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Commissioners will recognize and congratulate the employees who braved dangerous conditions to help restore power to areas of Maryland and New Jersey. The 40-member team traveled in 26 PNM vehicles to storm-affected areas in late October, responding to one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the United States.
“It is important to recognize the team of New Mexicans who traveled across the country to lend their expertise,” says Commissioner Wayne Johnson, sponsor of the proclamation. “It’s also important to recognize those employees who remained in New Mexico who took on extra work, allowing this team to make their trip.”
The team traveled about 5,000 miles and successfully restored power to about 50,000 homes. The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and approximately 8.5 million people in 15 states and the District of Columbia without power.
“We are proud of the way these individuals represented our state and our company; flying the New Mexico flag while completing their work safely and with great skill,” says Tom Ruth, PNM director of system reliability.
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