BY BOB HOLT
The Bergen County borough of Glen Rock received some badly needed assistance from down south after Hurricane Sandy, and they expressed their appreciation on Monday.
Utility crews from the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company went to New Jersey and spent six days repairing power lines after the storm hit.
According to an Associated Press report on kjrh.com, Glen Rock renamed itself “Oklahoma G&E, N.J.” on Monday to honor the company for its help and its professionalism.
More than 70 OG&E employees and about 130 contractors were sent to Maryland to trim trees and remove trees ahead of the hurricane’s arrival. The utility also spent time in the Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina struck that area in 2005.
Glen Rock Mayor John van Keuren said the town recognized the utility team’s “great compassion, fortitude and graciousness while performing the repairs in an efficient way.”
According to NewsOK.com, the Glen Rock proclamation renamed the town, “Because the residents of Glen Rock appreciate the speed with which the OG&E crews responded to our need for power restoration, and because the residents of Glen Rock value the professionalism of their work.”
Oklahoma Gas & Electric serves more than 795,000 retail customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, according to oge.com. OG&E generates its electricity from natural gas, western coal, and wind.