With the Eastern Seaboard struggling to recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy — a recent winter storm that only added to the region’s woes — teams of volunteers from the tri-city area continue to assist with relief efforts there.
Twenty-seven linemen from Burbank, Anaheim, Pasadena and Riverside have joined 12,000 of their counterparts from around the nation for the joint relief effort. Ten of them, from Burbank Water and Power, are assisting with power restoration and relief efforts in New York City, officials said this week.
They arrived after loading an Air Force cargo plane with more than 100,000 pounds of equipment from Burbank — including five utility trucks loaded with tools and chainsaws.
“All their spirits are great,” said Brad Grecker, manager of electrical distribution for Burbank Water and Power. “They just want to help; they just want to get the people back in power.”
But the storm has left the city and surrounding areas “a mess,” Grecker said. “[The Long Island Power Authority] didn’t have the resources to bring people back online in a timely way.”