Pipeline workers descend on Norfolk

Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Houston┬ácalls it the “calm before the storm,” as work crews are moving into the area this Saturday and Sunday.

Most of the 750-to-800 workers and their families with the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline project will make Norfolk their base of operations through November or December — with workers living in 15 area communities.

He says they’ve identified more than 300 spots for recreational vehicles, just within a 30-mile radius. Houston is also encouraging area businesses to welcome the workers with things such as discounts and a welcome message on their marquees.

He says a task force is working on a logo, I-D card and a website which pipeline workers can utilize while they’re in the region.

Thanks to Jim Curry, WJAG, Norfolk

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