WOODBRIDGE, NJ (WABC) — EPS&G has literally raised the bar to new heights in the 10 years since Super Hurricane Sandy damaged critical infrastructure across the tri-state area and left many people without power.
A switching station in Woodbridge, New Jersey, towers overhead following a massive project to raise it above water levels that sank this facility following flooding caused by Super Hurricane Sandy.
“All equipment has been raised and rebuilt to be more resilient and hardened during storms and/or future flooding,” said Jack Bridges, vice president of electrical operations at PSE.&G.
It took $25 million to build this facility high above the ground. It is 13 feet tall, which is above the floodplain. The substation provides electricity to residents of Woodbridge and surrounding towns.
“It’s probably one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in our city when it comes to storms and flooding and things like that,” Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said.
After Sandy, the approximately 2 million PSE customers&G lost power due to flooding, downed trees and miles of cables ripped out during the storm.
“During the storm, the station suffered 10 to 12 feet of water from the river and it took us over a week to restore the station,” Bridges said.
It took until November 12, 2012 to get all the PSE&G customers are back online.
Today, the power company has spent $4.8 billion on its Energy Strong project to upgrade 26 substations, use smart technology and make major system upgrades.
The company feels better prepared for another Sandy. In fact, Ida, which struck last year, proved to be a test case for the facility which suffered no flooding issues after being elevated to new heights.
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