The bright orange Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. trucks were a welcome sight for one New Jersey town in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the massive storm that hit the East Coast in October.
Local officials of Glen Rock, N.J., were so impressed with OG&E's storm response that they approved a proclamation renaming the town. On Monday, the town of 12,000 became Oklahoma G&E, N.J. — for 24 hours.
More than 70 OG&E employees and about 130 contractors for tree trimming and debris removal were dispatched by the utility to Maryland before the storm came ashore. The crews were diverted to New Jersey as the extent of the damage became clear in the wake of the storm. OG&E spokeswoman Kathleen O'Shea said the crews returned to Oklahoma Nov. 13 after spending six days in New Jersey restoring electricity.
Glen Rock is about 20 miles west of New York City.
Mayor John van Keuren said the town's proclamation was in appreciation for the crew's efforts for their “great compassion and fortitude and graciousness while performing the repairs in an efficient way.”
“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,” the proclamation read.