VA Utility Workers Return Home After Helping with Sandy Cleanup

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Virginia utility workers are returning home after assisting with the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy.  Eight linemen with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative arrived Tuesday afternoon.

It's a happy homecoming for the linemen.  They returned to Central Virginia Electric Cooperative offices in Palmyra just after 3:00 p.m.

Crews spent the past 11 days repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  They worked 16 hour days, sleeping the first night in their trucks, and subsequent nights in makeshift bunks inside a tractor trailer.

But they're proud of the work they did, and proud they can help our neighbors to the north through a difficult time.

"It makes you feel great when people appreciate the fact that you're there helping them," said Frank Shepherd with the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative.  "I mean, you know, they've lost a lot of stuff. But when they see you, they hug you, you know, they make you pies, everything."

These Virginia crews focused their efforts on, where Hurricane Sandy left 1.8 million homes and businesses without power.

Back home in central Virginia Tuesday night, a day earlier than expected, they say they're ready for a much-needed, and well deserved, break.