MADISON (WKOW) -- When disaster hit in the Northeast, Wisconsin responded. Now some of the local crews that went to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy are back home.
After working for more than two weeks in on the East Coast, Stoughton Utilities employees unloaded their trucks Wednesday afternoon. The group of four men fixed downed power lines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which usually meant 16 hour days. "We pulled into neighborhoods where they hadn't even seen a power truck and they'd been out of power for 10 days and they were still all upbeat, all happy to see us, and just gave us warm welcomes when we came and left," lineman John McLain of Stoughton said.
Dennis Dobson of Windsor is one of 205 Alliant Energy employees sent in Sandy's aftermath. He worked in an area just north of New York City. "If something happened here in Wisconsin, we'd hope we'd get the same response, everybody coming here to help us so that's how I kind of remember it," he said.
Red Cross volunteers from the country responded to the storm and hundreds came from Wisconsin. Volunteer Dave Sharpe got back Monday. "We started up operations there and I was responsible for staffing 25 shelters in New Jersey and supervising sheltering teams, training them and getting them out in the field," Sharpe said. This was his 12th deployment with the Red Cross. "You have to get people out quickly to serve the clients meet their needs and try to keep them warm and fed and housed for their time they have to be out of their homes," he said.
You can still be a part of recovery efforts through the American Red Cross.
To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or you can send a $10 donation by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.
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