Idaho Power crews in Sandy destruction zone are on their way back home
Idaho Power linemen who traveled to the East Coast last week to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy have finished their work and are on the way home, according to Lynette Berriochoa with the company.
As of late Monday night, Idaho Power crews, along with many other visiting crews from other utilities, were released by Long Island Power Authority.
"By Tuesday night, officials expected power to be restored to all locations where it is safe to do so," said Berriochoa. "However, some homes sustained so much damage they can’t be reconnected yet. LIPA and contractors will finish up the remaining cleanup and restoration."
Idaho Power crews have begun the 2,500-mile trip home and are expected to be back in Idaho Friday. The two six-person crews were from offices throughout Idaho Power’s service area.
“The kindness and gratitude of the residents there was just phenomenal,” said Idaho Power Construction Manager Matt Smith. “Despite the long power outages and destruction, they were never impatient or unkind. We got cheers in the streets and high-fives when we got people’s power back on. It was very gratifying.”