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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
KATRINA RELIEF WORK OVER, YANKEE GAS CREWS HEAD HOME
Yankee crews help restore service to Pascagoula, Mississippi
Sandy St. Pierre
BERLIN, Conn., Nov. 16, 2005 (NYSE: NU) –
Twelve Yankee Gas employees will leave Pascagoula, Mississippi, today for the three day trip back to Connecticut following a mutual aid effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Over the course of eight weeks, 46 Yankee Gas employees were involved in the rebuilding and restoration of natural gas service to the Mississippi coastal town. The crews were dispatched in groups of 12 with each group working two weeks before a fresh crew was dispatched. This was the first time Yankee Gas was involved in a mutual aid effort out of Connecticut.
“This was an extraordinary experience for Yankee,” said Christopher L. Beschler, vice president of Operations. “They desperately needed our help and we were happy we were able to lend them our expertise and manpower to help them through the difficult process of rebuilding their lives and their community. The people of Pascagoula opened their hearts to us and we will never forget them or this experience.”
On September 20, the first wave of Yankee crews left Waterbury for the 1,500 mile journey to Mississippi to assist local municipal gas utilities to restore natural gas service. The three-day trip involved a caravan of four vehicles, including a dump truck and backhoe needed to dig up streets and lay new pipe. The first crew brought spare gas meters and other parts with them, too.
The Yankee team was based at Mobile Gas in Mobile, Alabama, traveling about 30 minutes each day to Pascagoula to work 12 hours or more each day. After Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Gulf Coast, Pascagoula’s municipal gas department shut off the gas mains to many neighborhoods near the shore due to the extensive damage. Yankee’s job was to develop a plan for rebuilding and restoring service and put it into action. Other municipal utility crews from Tennessee, Florida and Illinois worked alongside Yankee to cut off services and mains, turn meters off, rebuild meter sets, re-energize gas mains in several neighborhoods and install nearly one mile of new natural gas main.
Yankee’s original mutual aid agreement with Pascagoula expired October 28, but the city wanted Yankee to stay and voted to extend the agreement to November 18. The final wave of crews is expected back in Connecticut on Friday, November 18.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut’s energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit
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