HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- They've worked tirelessly for the past 11 days with limited sleep and very little time with their families, but now power crews from CL&P are heading to New York and New Jersey to help those two states rebuild after they were hit hard by a pair of powerful storms.
The rumble of thunder could be heard all the way to the Berlin Turnpike as more than 60 CL&P workers fired up their trucks heading to New York and New Jersey.
"Aren't you guys tired," asked News 8's Bob Wilson.
"No, not really," said Mark Biestek "I have done it longer. I went to Canada for 30 days years ago. It's a good feeling to help people out.
They have been working non-stop for days, rehanging the power grid statewide. Now they look to help others.
Daniel Rodriguez is from Brooklyn and was one of the first to volunteer to help his hometown.
"It's just awesome that we can go there and help a lot of people that I know down there," Rodriguez said, "and even though we worked a lot of hours a lot of days, it just makes it feel that much better."
"We saw what it was like here and we really didn't get a chance to watch the news too much," said Biestek, "so we saw what it was like in New Canaan, Stamford and Norwalk. I have a feeling it will be more of the same"
As well as the CL&P crews, they will also be sending the mobile command post. It has computers, phones, and large antennas, so when they go into the dead zones they can communicate with the crews, dispatch them to work sites and keep them safe.
"They are close by for us should we have to recall them for any reason," said Bill Herdegen, CL&P President and COO.
They will first stage in Stamford and then from there be deployed to New York and New Jersey. The new CL&P COO was on hand to send his crews off, calling them strong and tough, the back bone on the front lines.
"Utility workers are a little different breed," said Herdegen. "They are there through the tough times and they are also there in the great times, I think some of our guys thrive on that."
"Just the smile on their faces when the lights get turned back on," said Rodriguez. "it is rewarding. I wouldn't trade my job for the world."
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