When torrential rain caused a massive leak on the northwest side of the Rockville Centre Power Plant on Aug. 15, the rain began penetrating the control room and it was only through the efforts of power plant personnel that no power was lost that day.
In recognition of their protection of the control room, which contains sensitive equipment needed to run the diesel engines and maintain electricity to the village’s customers, Mario Bento, the inspector of street maintenance, and the power plant workers received a commendation from the Village of Rockville Centre for employees of the month for September.
The men used large containers and rags to catch the water pouring into the control room and channeled the water away from the control room panels, which were covered with plastic to keep them dry.
“The employees carried out their tasks with pride and competence,” said the village’s principal account clerk Kathy Weber. “The Village would like to thank these employees for their hard work and dedication.”
According to Weber, if the water had compromised the control room panels, there could have been a large scale power failure in Rockville Centre.