California rescuers continue to respond to areas hit by Sandy
Private utility crews from California continued to respond Thursday to the Northeast to help restore power in areas ravaged by Sandy.
More than 40 workers from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. were flown Thursday afternoon on military transport planes from March Air Force Base to Rye, N.Y., officials said.
"These personnel have critical skills in getting power lines and infrastructure back to operational levels," said Mark Ghilarducci, secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, which is helping coordinate relief efforts from the state.
Earlier this week, 16 California firefighters trained in urban and search and rescue techniques were dispatched to New York. The California National Guard also sent 83 rescuers, along with aircraft that included C-130 heavy-lift aircraft and two HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters.
At least 88 people have been killed in the storm, officials said Thursday, and millions of homes and businesses remained without electricity.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Debris and destroyed homes line streets Thursday in Long Beach, N.Y. Credit: Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press