Some of the customers that lost more than
just power during Hurricane Sandy were also National Grid employees. Despite their personal losses, many felt compelled to report for their
storm assignments and be a part of the restoration process. That's exactly
what Kathleen Murray did.
Kathleen Murray is a National Grid employee
and a 41-year Long Beach resident. It was while she was performing her
storm assignment in National Grid’s Emergency Operation Center that she
found out that her home was taking on water.
After finishing her 16-hour day, Kathleen
returned home not knowing what to expect. She found her front yard covered
in sand and pieces of the boardwalk strewn all over the place. Her home
had taken on water as high as 5 feet as evidenced by the watermarks left
on the walls, and as a result the home was destroyed.
“I had to try and put it in the back of
my mind and use my work as a distraction because we were all so busy and
focused on restoring service for our customers,” said Murray. “I know
I’m lucky because it’s just stuff. I’m healthy and I’m safe so I am
extremely grateful for that. My focus now is on the future and the holidays
in a new home.”