Tacoma petitioned President Herbert Hoover. Who eventually convinced the Secretary of the Navy to order the U.S.S. Lexington to Tacoma's Baker Dock where it was met by a brass band.
Tacoma used the Lexington's boilers like a homeowner would a generator drug out of the garage after an outage, powering a quarter of the city from December through January of the next year. Ironically enough, that same month a fresh batch of rain clouds rolled through the harbor, thus ending the need for an auxiliary outlet.