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11/02/2012 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is sending seven linemen to Long Island, New York, to assist with post-Hurricane Sandy power restoration. The linemen, along with three bucket trucks, one digger truck, and a utility pole trailer, departed for New York at daybreak on Friday, November 2nd. KEYS’ Hurricane Restoration Crew will be joining nearly 2,000 personnel from around the country to assist the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) with power restoration.

The high winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Sandy combined with a winter weather system over the east coast with the combination downing countless power lines and poles and resulting in widespread power outages throughout the northeast corridor. KEYS’ seven-person crew is anticipating an initial two-week run as they assist with power restoration.

On Tuesday, October 30th, KEYS sent seven linemen to Delaware to assist with post-storm power restoration. While en route, KEYS’ crew received word from the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, Inc. that their assistance was no longer needed due to minimal damage and power outages in their area. No other northeastern electric utility reached out to KEYS for assistance until LIPA requested assistance on Thursday, November 1st.

“Our crew was looking forward to lending their unique hurricane restoration experience to our fellow public power utilities in Delaware before we were told our assistance was no longer needed,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “I’m glad they will now be able to assist our fellow public power utility in Long Island and help light the path to recovery.”

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ New York-Bound Hurricane Sandy Restoration Crew (from left) Stefan Washington, Manny Estevez, Michael Euliss, Bryan Veliz, Pedro Arencibia, Michael Commander, and Jerry Pita.

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