NPPD CREW RETURNS FROM EAST COAST

COLUMBUS - Sixteen line technicians from Nebraska Public Power District are expected back in Nebraska today after spending more than two weeks on the East Coast helping restore power to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The crew left Nebraska on October 31st, working first in West Virginia and then in central New Jersey. The NPPD team worked 16-hour days with mandatory eight-hours of sleep. In New Jersey, they were initially housed in a tent with 200 cots, but were later relocated to a semi-trailer that had been converted into sleeping quarters. In West Virginia, the NPPD crew helped restore power to about 150,000 customers left without electricity because of a blizzard and heavy snow. In New Jersey, they worked with Central Jersey Power and Light to restore power to 400,000 customers. Several thousand power line poles were reportedly broken in New Jersey as a result of the storm.