LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – It's been a year since the wrath of Superstorm Sandy touched down on the Eastern seaboard.
That means it's been a year since local Xcel Energy crews went to New York to help with the relief effort.
Tim Kiser, manager of operations at Xcel Energy, was part of the natural gas team. He said the devastation on Long Island was like nothing he's ever seen.
"The sand piles were like snow drifts that we have down here," Kiser said. "I've never seen anything like that. And then the devastation on the beaches, the houses – the beautiful houses that were blown off their foundations – some of them were even drifting down the streets."
Despite all the damage, Kiser said he found the people of New York very generous.
For example, a local fire department provided a room and cots for Kiser's team to sleep on, so they didn't have to camp in tents.
Because he was in New York, Kiser and his team missed Thanksgiving with their families.
Kiser said it was worth the sacrifice, but he's looking forward to turkey and family-time this year.
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