BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Power crews and equipment are being readied for a Monday morning departure to the state of New York to assist Long Island Power Authority, and help restore power to the hundreds of thousands of customers affected by Hurricane Sandy. The cross-country trip will take them more than 2,500 miles to the town of Old Bethpage, New York, where they’ll await deployment to the areas hardest hit by the storm. Crews spent most of Saturday gathering gear and loading equipment. Because airlift was not an option, the crews will drive to New York, with a planned arrival Wednesday evening. In all, two six-man crews will take part in the effort. They’ll be backed by two line-bed trucks for digging holes and replacing poles, four bucket trucks for lifting workers to high-up places, and four pickups to haul additional materials as needed. It’s expected the crews will need two to three weeks to complete the work. Via

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