IRON COUNTY—Crews of tree trimmers from Iron County are on the scene in New Jersey in response to power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“We have four crews and their general foreman out there right now,” according to Asplundh Tree Expert Company vice president Joe Schneider. “We don’t know for sure how long they will be on that job.”
Asplundh specializes in line clearance tree trimming for electrical utility companies. Schneider said his employees routinely respond to disasters that include power outages. Five men left Iron River early Saturday morning bound for the East Coast.
According to general foreman Andrew Lewis of Iron River, the crews spent Monday clearing debris and prepping for another blast from the storm. Hurricane Sandy was scheduled to hit New Jersey about 10 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Accompanying Lewis from Iron County were Dan Thoney, Rodger Thompson, Dave Meyers and Tom Aschenbach.
Four more trimmers from Asplundh’s Region 62 were also dispatched to New Jersey, Schneider said. They left from northern Wisconsin.
Because heavy summer rains and previous storms have already saturated the ground throughout the East Coast, utiliities anticipate the trees will tip into power lines amidst high winds and torrential downpours.