PERRIS – Three dozen trucks and 60 workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were being loaded into gigantic military aircraft today, to fly to New York to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The crews will assist the Long Island Power Authority with power restoration in the suburbs east of New York City. More than 400,000 Long Island customers remained without power as of Saturday night, the DWP said in a statement.
At midmorning, the trucks were at March Air Reserve Base near Moreno Valley, and being secured to platforms for loading into large C-17 propeller- driven cargo planes. Some C-5A cargo planes, the largest jet planes in the U.S. Air Force, were also being used to ferry DWP trucks east.
The Los Angeles city council approved the emergency move Wednesday, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he is ”proud that crews from the DPW will head to New York to join the enormous and complex effort to restore power to so many people who are suffering.”
Line crews, tree trimmers and fleet support workers are being airlifted east, along with bucket trucks, digger derricks, and other support vehicles.