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Crews return from East Coast

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After spending two weeks on the East Coast helping people recover from Hurricane Sandy, a group from Madison Gas and Electric returned home Wednesday.

The crew helped return gas and electricity to about 10,000 homes.

"A lot of services down, both gas and electric," crew supervisor John Otterson told 27 News. "When we got there, there were about 28,000 people without gas in the area that we were giving some assistance to. By the time we left about two weeks later it was down to about 18,000."

Workers say they saw a lot of damage and debris in the streets and even had to navigate the roads without traffic lights.

"Some people were getting to their homes for the first time after those two weeks we were out there. So a lot of debris on the curb, a lot of people with water damage, a lot of flooded gas meters and regulators," Otterson said.

But the workers were happy to help the locals get back on their feet.

"Those people are going to bounce back, they'll eventually get through it. I spoke with a lot of locals and I was very impressed with the strong spirit that they have out there," Otterson said.

While the crews are glad they could help in the recovery effort, after putting in 12-hour days for the last two weeks, they're happy to be home for Thanksgiving.

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