Mountain Energy Among Companies to Assist with Cleanup
Mountain Energy Services’ vacuum trucks, which normally service the gas industry?s drilling and completions operations, were put to another use when the company helped with local flood cleanup efforts last month.
As soon as the floodwater receded to a safe level, the staff at Mountain Energy Services were on scene throughout the region with equipment and manpower to help local townships and residents with cleanup efforts after the catastrophic September flood.
On Sept. 9 and 10, the company sent in three vacuum trucks with nine operators to remove water in Wyalusing. Pickup trucks and field staff personnel were also supplied to refuel the 110 bbl trucks so they could continue to run without interruption. Running three separate shifts over 36 hours, the teams worked around the clock, according to Mountain Energy Services Operations Manager Steve Johns.
In Tunkhannock and Mehoopany boroughs, Johns said, Mountain Energy Services provided staff to control traffic and assist as a loader and its operator from Deer Park Lumber of Tunkhannock, Mountain Energy?s sister company, worked to clear debris from roads so township supervisors could open them safely and quickly.
The Brickyard Bridge in Tunkhannock, a major artery on Route 6 that connects Tunkhannock and Wyalusing to major Interstates to the East was cleared of debris by the Deer Park - Mountain Energy team over the weekend following the flood, allowing inspectors from the state Department of Transportation to get in and deem it safe to re-open to traffic.
Mountain Energy Services also provided assistance to its employee Christie Carnevale in the cleanup, demolition and removal of her Braintrim Township house, which was entirely destroyed by floodwaters. Mountain Energy Services affiliate L&L Enterprises donated a dump truck used by the 20 Mountain Energy Services drivers and staff who assisted in the effort. Another affiliate, Dave Heller of Heller Excavating provided backhoe services to the cleanup. Carnevale and her husband Dave Congdon watched as her co-workers cleared her riverfront home, demolished it and then removed all debris.
“The water comes up every year, but it has never crossed the driveway,” she said. “I just assumed it would be one of those times.” But her house was completely submerged in the raging and muddy Susquehanna. A 65-year-old pavilion on the property was completely destroyed. The structures were beyond repair, and needed to be demolished. She said she is grateful to her co-workers for getting the job done for her at no cost.