CPS Energy crews return from Sandy-struck New Jersey

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 11:41 AM

SAN ANTONIO — More than 50 CPS Energy workers returned home Monday night after spending more than a week helping to restore power for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Dozens of family members greeted the convoy of trucks as it pulled into the Eastside Service Center on Houston Street.

"Extremely happy we were there, extremely grateful we were there. The whole community around there was extremely grateful," worker Chester Wood said about the people they were helping..

Wood and the other employees who made the 1,800-mile trip worked on a substation in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The substation was damaged during the storm, then got hit by 8 inches of snow last Wednesday.

Close to 10,000 customers had their power restored thanks to the efforts of the CPS workers.

"They were not prepared for it. Mass chaos, fuel isues, electricity out, a lot of issues going on," Wood said.

CPS workers aided local energy provider Jersey Central Power & Light.

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