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11/10/2012 3:52:00 AM
CPW crews move to Long Island
Clockwise from top left: One of two CPW trucks now on Long Island helping with relief efforts. Crews from South Carolina work to restore power by replacing poles, transformers and lines. About 5,000 linemen from across the U.S. and Canada help with relief efforts on Long Island. Crews from Greenwood CPW work in the snow and cold to restore power to people in New York. (Photos courtesy of Greenwood CPW, Chad Corley and Gina Wood.)
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Clockwise from top left: One of two CPW trucks now on Long Island helping with relief efforts. Crews from South Carolina work to restore power by replacing poles, transformers and lines. About 5,000 linemen from across the U.S. and Canada help with relief efforts on Long Island. Crews from Greenwood CPW work in the snow and cold to restore power to people in New York. (Photos courtesy of Greenwood CPW, Chad Corley and Gina Wood.)


Brian King
Staff Writer


LONG ISLAND, NY – Two CPW crews who were in Pennsylvania helping with relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Sandy have moved to Long Island to continue helping with relief efforts in the wake of the destructive storm.

Chad Corley, Brian Wood, Brent Akers and Jason Shirley left about 10 days ago to help restore power to thousands of people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“It’s unbelievable what you see up here,” said Corley in a phone interview with GwdToday. “It’s almost total chaos.”

Corley said there are about 5,000 linemen on Long Island, but there is plenty of work to do.

“We’re working 16 hour days,” Corley said. “You have to pretty much start over new on every street with new poles, new transformers and new wire because everything is in such bad shape. As we get power turned on, people come out of their houses and clap. Everyone has been really nice.”

Corley said that the crews from Greenwood have been working with other crews from South Carolina, braving long days, cold temperatures and even snow. Nearly four inches of snow fell on Long Island on Wednesday, making an already difficult job even tougher.

In spite of the difficult conditions, Corley said he could see a lot of progress being made.

“When we first got here, everything was dark,” Corley said. “Now you see more and more lights on as you drive around.”

Corley said he was unsure of when he and his coworkers from Greenwood would be able to head back home, but that it could be as early as Tuesday.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Marsha Meyer

Thankful for the willingness of this group to help. We never know when OUR time of need may be right here in Greenwood. We have no doubt made new friends up north that will never forget the assistance. Thank you guys for going and thank you to their employer for allowing them the time to go.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: James Burnette

It was not mean spirited in anyway my comment. i commened them for going if it was chairty work they were doing. if they got paid they were doing a job and paid very well. i think hero is used to lightly these days. if you wanted to see a bunch of hero's you should have been uptown sunday and watched the Veterans day parade.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Constant

I guess some folks never learned that if you can't say something nice, your shouldn't say anything at all? Mean-spirited comments are out of order!
Whatever the financial terms under which these men are working, they volunteered to be away from their families, work long hours doing dangerous work under harsh conditions for an unknown period of time. I applaud them and their families for their sacrifices. They are to be commended!


Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Barry Jones

To the CPW crews that went up north to help in the power outages. you are a good group of guys to help other states in times like this. this just goes to show how good people are in the state of South Carolina.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Kelly Jones

I dont know these men but im very proud of all of you! Thank you for your kind hearts.


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