Updated 11/01/2012 10:18 PM
Outsiders help to power up the area
Help is on the way. Out of state utility crews have arrived in the Hudson Valley.
YNN's Christian Farrell caught up with a group that just arrived in town.
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Teams of Duquesne Light utility laborers have come all the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to help.
"They told us to prepare for approximately a week to 10 days. But, just based upon my experience, and seeing what we have here, I wouldn't be surprised if it's every bit of two weeks," said Lloyd Mullin of Duquesne Light.
On Thursday in a Middletown mall parking lot staging area, the teams received an Orange and Rockland Utilities safety briefing. Orange and Rockland Utilities were the ones who've reached out to them to help restore power to the thousands of people in the area.
"This is probably the worst damage for a storm in our area that I can practically remember in my career," said Daniel Hunt of O & R.
That's a career that spans more than four decades in Hunt's case.
"These crews are basically working on getting the substations energized. From there they can get the distribution that goes to the homes along the streets, and start working on that from the stations out," said Hunt.
Once they load up their trucks, a crew of nearly 50 will be heading to the Port Jervis area, working 16 hour days until they can get the power turned back on for total strangers. But, according to Philip Austin that doesn't matter. What matters is answering the call to help your fellow linesman.
"That's what it's about. We are all brothers in this line of work. It's a dangerous business, so we all stick together to help out," said Austin, a Duquesne Light employee.
And rest assured there are plenty of people around here who're glad they made the trip.