WMECo crews return home from ice storm - WNEM TV 5

WMECo crews return home from ice storm

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Prior to Christmas, a winter storm made its way across northern New England, and hundreds of thousands of people were left without power.

On Christmas Eve, three crews from Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) left Springfield to help restore that power.

Saturday, those crews returned home.

The group had spent the past five days in Maine dealing with dangerous conditions and missing the holiday with their families.

They said while they missed out on Christmas, they knew they were part of a bigger picture.

"You know, Christmas Day you called home and you could hear the people in the background having a little bit of fun," said Normand Plasse, a WMECo supervisor. "You're sitting there and going 'oh, man,' plus it was cold. But that is part of our job. People need power."

The crews worked in some very rural areas for extended periods of time.

They said they were cautious due to the elements.

"Because of the ice, we know there's a lot of dangers of wires still being energized because it's unfamiliar territory," said Plasse. "But, they sent us out with some people that knew what they were doing. It was great. They did an awesome job."

All crew members were looking forward to getting to sleep in their own beds on Saturday night.

They also credited Western Mass crews from Pittsfield and Greenfield with helping during the storm.

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