SDG&E helping restore power in New York

Crews 3,000 miles from home helping Sandy victims

NEW YORK - Dozens of crew members from San Diego Gas and Electric are in New York helping restore power to those who have been without for one week following Superstorm Sandy.

By Monday afternoon, local crews had personally restored power to nearly 1,000 customers.

The SDG&E crews and their trucks are 3,000 miles away in Warwick, N.Y. -- about an hour outside of New York City -- helping to restore power as hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are still without electricity.

"You turn a corner and it looks like a bomb went off," said SDG&E Aviation and Operations Manager Mike Manry.

Manry is Warwick, N.Y., and he told 10News Monday that he will be there indefinitely. 

"There's trees, sizable trees, uprooted, lying across the road. Power lines are down, cable lines are down. In some cases, there’s water in the streets," he added.

Six days ago, 26 SDG&E trucks were shipped cross-country from San Diego to New York. Days later, 45 linemen were flown out by a military jet.

By Saturday crews were restoring power, warming homes and the hearts of those who had gone nearly a week without.

10News asked about the response of residents when they see the trucks and crews from San Diego.

"When they do see San Diego, you usually get the brows up … like really, oh my God, really, San Diego? Like really, you came that far?" said Manry.

SDG&E has posted a blog called Postcards from Superstorm Sandy that is updated by crews from San Diego each day.

Their work is being done not far from communities where tempers have flared -- like for residents in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., who have not had power for a week. On Sunday, they screamed at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he toured the damage from Superstorm Sandy.

While he wouldn’t speak with them directly, Bloomberg later said the power company needs to work faster to get electricity back to that and other neighborhoods.

Fortunately, crews from SDG&E are helping do just that.


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