In 2012 when Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast then St. James employee TJ Becthold and others from Minnesota’s Municipal Utilities Becthold stepped up to the plate and went to New York to help restore. So when now St. James Light Department Superintendent got a call on Wednesday, the quick answer was yes.
Becthold and apprentice Jordan Jensen met up with other Minnesota Municipal Utilities members in Rochester at 9a.m. on Saturday, September, 9th and went to Florida where they would work with people from all around the country to help restore power in the state.
The first stop for the St. James crew was Kissime Florida which is right outside Orlando. When Becthold and Jensen got to their first location they realized that the area was somewhat lucky and they were at 80% of power restored, Kissimmee crews had worked through the night when they arrived to get to that point. The location which was Kissimmee. The next stop for the St. James crew was Lakeworth which is just outside of Miami. The location was not as fortunate as the previous location but they were still able to have power restored in five days.
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