TransCanada donates $250,000 of industrial equipment and support towards Hurricane Sandy flood relief efforts in New York City.
When Hurricane Sandy blasted New York City with heavy rain, high winds and storm surges and cut a blustery swath through much of the U.S. East Coast, damage was widespread.
Many businesses and people suffered extensive damage to their property and most New Yorkers had to face lengthy power outages and losses of essential services, such as transit.
TransCanada was there from the first wave to the last, ensuring much-needed power was still getting through to New Yorkers, when they needed it most. The company’s Ravenswood Power Facility, in Long Island City, NY, prepared for the storm, survived the high water and kept the lights on.
See our TransCanada blog post: Ravenswood shines through storm.
Now, TransCanada is delivering much-needed aid to the City of New York. On Thursday, Nov. 8, TransCanada announced that the company is donating up to $250,000 in equipment and cash to help New York speed up recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
“New York City is an important part of TransCanada’s power business and while our employees and personnel came through this storm safely, many of our friends and neighbors experienced great loss,” said President & CEO Russ Girling.
“We have already moved supplies and industrial equipment from Louisiana and the U.S. northeast to draw down water in public housing located on Coney Island and to provide power on Staten Island.”
The equipment includes large and medium-capacity pumps, generators, hoses and discharge equipment. TransCanada generators were delivered to New York City Emergency Management officials on Staten Island and will be used by homeowners, who continue to be without any source of power.
Days after the storm hit, TransCanada pumps were delivered to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for Coney Island housing sites at Coney Island Houses, Surfside and O’Dwyer Gardens.
On Friday, Nov. 9, New York City Emergency Management officials and the NYCHA made a special request for blower heaters for the NYCHA’s Redfern housing complex in Far Rockaway.
The power is out in the buildings, preventing sump pumps from running, and electricians are unable to safely start up the generators that power up the buildings. U.S. Marines have finished pumping out water from the generator rooms, but electricians are not able to start up the generators until the facilities are bone dry, so Ravenswood staff have dropped off four 170,000-BTU heaters, a 4000-watt generator to power the heaters and 12 100-foot extension cords to connect the heaters.
“Over the past week, thousands of people from around the city and across the country have stepped forward to help New Yorkers whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“TransCanada stepped forward very early to help our recovery efforts — just as a good neighbor would do. We are grateful for the support we’ve received from generous individuals and corporate citizens, who are pitching in to help our city recover from this devastating storm.”
At the same time, TransCanada will be donating $100,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the City’s emergency response needs and long-term restoration efforts. This non-profit organization is dedicated to innovative public-private partnerships and programs for the City of New York.
TransCanada will continue to monitor the effects of Sandy and any other potential storms that may impact the East Coast to determine what additional help for New Yorkers is needed.
More information: Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.