SDG&E crew returns from Sandy response

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SAN DIEGO – Approximately 40 San Diego Gas & Electric workers returned to Lindbergh Field Tuesday night after more than 10 days in New York providing aid after Superstorm Sandy.

The crews flew there on November 1 to work alongside utilities Orange & Rockland and Con Edison restoring power in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. They helped get power back up and running to thousands of people.

Workers said they did everything from clearing trees off power lines, to putting up new poles, stringing wires and reconnecting services.

The workers said it was a rewarding experience and they feel fortunate to have been able to help.

“It’s just something that we wanted to do,” said Stephen Rapoza. “We wanted to get out there and get the lights on. We had a great group of guys to go out there and do this. It just feels real good. I mean it’s in the makings of a lineman. They want to get the lights back on.”

Longtime SDG&E employee Patrick Flores said the residents in New York were very appreciative of the efforts.

“People were very expressive of their appreciation, especially learning that were from San Diego where we’re having 80 degree temperatures and we were there in the cold, in the snow and not our normal climate. It was very encouraging,” Flores said.