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.