Utility Workers Respond as Hurricane Florence Devastates the Carolinas
As electric utility crews from as far away as California and Canada traveled to the Carolinas to respond to Hurricane Florence, UWUA Local 69 gasworkers were already on the ground securing their facilities.
“We have people in the flooded areas. Luckily everybody got out and is fine,” said Utility Gas Workers Union (UGWU) Local 69 Treasurer Kevin Parsons, whose home suffered damage when a tree fell on it.
Parsons and his co-workers are in North Carolina building Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“We’re really just getting started with the pipeline,” Parsons explained. “Our biggest concern now is safety to employees and contractors who are performing the work, getting in the ditches.”