SDG&E workers headed home after helping to restore power in New York

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The 40 or so San Diego Gas & Electric workers who went
to New York to restore power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy are scheduled to
return home Tuesday night, the utility announced Monday.

The linesmen and other employees are set to land at Lindbergh Field
about 9 p.m., according to SDG&E.

They spent about 10 days helping crews with Orange & Rockland restore
power and repair infrastructure in Warwick, N.Y., and moved over the weekend to
help Consolidated Edison workers near Yonkers and the Rye Reservoir area of
Westchester County, said Jim Valentine, SDGE's construction and operations
manager.

The storm, which had been Hurricane Sandy just before it made landfall
Oct. 29 in New Jersey, killed at least 113 people in the northeast, caused
widespread damage and cut power to as many as 8.6 million customers. New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was preparing to request about $30 billion in federal aid.

Valentine said that when they relocated to Yonkers, they joined 600
linesmen from as far away as British Columbia, Canada.

With all the help, electricity was back on for all but about 160,000
customers, according to CNN.

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