After a 2,500-mile cross-country trip, Idaho Power's two six-man crews have arrived on Long Island to join other crews from across the country to get power up and running after superstorm Sandy.
The Idaho crews began assessing the damage on Thursday.
Crews will be stationed at Brightwaters Substation near the town of Brookhaven. They will live trailers and tents provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The area around Brookhaven was one of the hardest hit, Idaho Power officials said. Besides the damage from last week's storm, crews are contending with cold temperatures, high winds and 6 to 8 inches of snow from another storm Wednesday.
Idaho Power offered assistance to East Coast utilities last week. After two days of preparation, two crews and 10 vehicles set off Monday morning for Long Island.
Idaho Power crews werent the only ones to make the trip east. Theyll work alongside more than 14,000 workers from 45 states and Canada to replace broken poles, run new power lines and remove downed trees.