Arizona crews helping thousands who remain without power in New York

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by Natalie Brand

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azfamily.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 10:03 AM

PHOENIX -- Arizona utility crews are working around the clock to help restore power to the thousands on the East Coast who remain without following superstorm Sandy.

“I can tell you what, being out here put a new perspective on life for a lot of us,” said Bret Marchese, an SRP manager of line restoration. “As we drove up and down the streets, they’re running out to us, thanking us. They’ve been without power for 11-12 days now."

Marchese Skyped with 3TV on Thursday evening during a 16-hour shift.  Between SRP and APS, about 100 people from Arizona are facing unfamiliar and uncomfortably cold conditions to help some of the communities hardest hit by Sandy.

Local crews have helped restore power to several thousand customers, according to spokespersons for both SRP and APS.  It’s dedication that hasn’t gone unnoticed by New Yorkers.

“I had a lady stop me, wanted to thank us, thank our families,” Marchese said.

However, this week’s Nor’easter complicated an already difficult task of cleaning up after Sandy, after knocking down additional trees and lines.

It’s not known how long local crews will have to stay in the region.  Marchese, like many of his colleagues, has left a family behind in Arizona.  However, he knows his job right now is to help those still hurting.

“We’re just wanting to help, help these people get back to power,” Marchese said.

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