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CL&P workers head to New York, New Jersey to assist with Sandy response

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut Light & Power officials said crews are now being sent to New York and New Jersey to assist with cleanup and power restoration efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy devastated the East Coast and left millions of people in the dark.

CL&P officials said that while restoration efforts are complete here in Connecticut, many customers in New York and New Jersey remain in the dark.

"We wanted to demonstrate to citizens had a lot of learning," said CL&P President Bill Herdegen. "We made a good demonstration of improvements by cleaning up in a timely fashion.  We can help other states hurt harder than we were."

CL&P is still working with customers were power can be restored because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and the hundreds of people still affected by the nor'easter.

However, CL&P linemen have worked nonstop since the storm hit and some of tired. 

"It catches up to you after a while, but seeing the smiles after we turn the lights on, it's rewarding," said Danny Rodriguez of CL&P. "It keeps you going, even late into the night. It gives you energy during the rain, snow, windy. Smiles are rewarding."

Rodriguez is one the 60 workers including line workers, mechanics, supervisors and safety professionals headed to New York and possibly New Jersey. And early estimates state that the workers could be there for two weeks.

CL&P workers will be joined by other employees of Northeast Utilities as well as 200 line workers from Hydro Quebec.

Rodriguez worked 16-hour days and has not stopped working since Hurricane Sandy hit. However, he is ready to head back to his home state, New York.

"That's a no-brainer," Rodriguez said. "We have the skills to go and help others."

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