NV Energy employees and equipment head to New York
A new storm is headed towards the East Coast and there are still a lot of people without power after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the eastern seaboard. Video by ktnv.comvideo
A crew from NV Energy is headed to Long Island on the east coast to help those without power. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new storm is headed towards the East Coast and there are still a lot of people without power after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the eastern seaboard.
That is why workers and equipment from NV Energy are on the way.
Utility companies around the country received the call over the weekend and NV Energy employees will be helping Long Island Power Authority repair the damage caused by the massive storm.
More than one million customers lost power on Long Island. LIPA is the third largest utility company in the nation in terms of customers served.
The utility company is sending seven utility trucks from Southern Nevada and 11 technicians who volunteered to go help out. They're all getting a first-class ticket on United States Air Force cargo planes.
"That's actually pretty impressive," said Justin Miller, a journeyman for NV Energy as he was getting ready to board a C-17. "The military doing all that for us is pretty neat. I'm really happy we don't have to drive for seven days to get out there," he said.
It's a big undertaking. Local crews will be concentrated in Long Island for at least a week, where nearly half of all residents sit in the dark. They'll be clearing trees, hanging wire and getting power poles back up.
"There is supposed to be a snowstorm coming in behind us. We've got cold gear, rain gear, hot gear, because it's our first time ever doing this," said Miller.
"I want us to do whatever we can for the people without. I'm in my bed every night and they're not," he said.
Two crews left early Monday morning and one Monday afternoon.