JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Eighteen linemen from Seattle City Light will pack up their trucks and gear and hitch a ride with the U.S. Air Force to New York's Long Island, hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
The teams are scheduled to depart Saturday morning from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to help out the Long Island Power Authority who have still over 630,000 people without power.
They won't be the first power crews flown by the McChord Airmen. The 62nd Airlift Wing has been shuttling West Coast power crews to the storm ravaged East Coast.
Thursday night a C-17 Globemaster took off for California to pick up trucks and teams there for the ferry flight east.
One crew chief said he's hauled tanks and helicopters, but never power trucks.
The wing has a proud history of humanitarian missions. It was a McChord plane that was the first to touch down in northern Japan after the tsunami.
City Light is not alone in sending people and equipment from our area. Many utilities including the Snohomish P.U.D. and a subsidary of PSE, Quanta Services, have, will or are ready to send teams east to get the lights and heat back on.