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Public power crews converge on area devastated by Hurricane Sandy

From the November 9, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 9, 2012

A Seattle City Light digger-derrick truck is loaded aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state early this month, headed to Long Island, N.Y., to help the Long Island Power Authority restore electric service after Hurricane Sandy. The federal government authorized the use of military planes to transport crews and equipment from the West Coast and other distant locations. Photo courtesy of Seattle City Light

An Air Force C5 is loaded on Sunday, Nov. 4 with workers and equipment from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Over a two-day period, LADWP sent more than 60 crews and three dozen support vehicles to New York from March Reserve Air Force Base to assist recovery efforts on Long Island. Photo courtesy of LADWP


The Salt River Project in Arizona is among the other public power utilities that sent equipment and crews to LIPA's aid. Here, an SRP truck boards a cargo plane. Photo courtesy of SRP

In this photo, taken yesterday (Nov. 8), SRP crews work on lines on Long Island during a snowstorm that blew in the day before, setting back restoration efforts. The Long Island Power Authority said the nor’easter that arrived on Nov. 7 caused further damage to LIPA's electric system, with 123,000 additional power outages. More than 14,000 workers were dedicated to the power restoration effort on Long Island as of Nov. 8. This includes more than 8,200 linemen and tree trim crews from all over the country. Additional assistance continues to arrive, LIPA said. Photo courtesy of SRP


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