The Florida Power and Light workers who went up north to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy are homeward-bound.
By the time the powerful winter storm hit the northeast on Oct. 29, FPL crews had already been dispersed from Virginia to New Jersey. For the past two weeks, they've been working in frigid temperatures and snow for 16 hours a day, seven days a week. No FPL staffers were hurt while doing the hazardous work. But they did come to the aid of an injured comrade who works for another utility. "One of the linemen that they were working with in New Jersey had an injury when he came into contact with an electric line," says FPL spokesman, Dave McDermitt. "Some of our crew members heard of it and passed the hard-hat, so to speak, and collected $4,300 which they passed on to the victim's brother."
The injured worker from New Jersey is reportedly making a good recovery.
More than 1,000 FPL workers went up north, about 125 remain there to help homes and businesses still without power. Hurricane Sandy killed 85 people along the northeast corridor and left about seven million without power.