SDG&E workers who helped restore power in New York to return home

Crews assisted in wake of Superstorm Sandy

SAN DIEGO - 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 at 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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