WPS Crews Take Pictures of Sandy Destruction
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We're getting our first glimpse of devastation on the east coast through the eyes of Wisconsin Public Service crew members.
About eight workers from Green Bay, Oshkosh, Wausau and Stevens Point hit the road to New York on December 1st, to help with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Now they're releasing pictures taken from the path of destruction.
"Definitely the worst I've ever seen in my life," WPS worker Steve Boneck said.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for Boneck it's what you can't see that's worth more.
"It's just amazing what they lost, and even now four weeks later still trying to clean-up, still piles of debris everywhere in the roads," Boneck said.
Boneck and several other WPS workers from Northeast Wisconsin are helping restore heat and gas pipes for dozens of homes around West Islip, New York.
Superstorm Sandy flooded most of them.
"It's just a total destruction of homes in some areas," Boneck said. "Some of the homes were lifted off their foundation, and one we saw was carried by the water a hundred yards and sitting in the middle of another street."
"I've never seen pictures like that," WPS spokeswoman Lisa Prunty said.
Prunty says workers are on the east coast for 18 days.
"It's an amazing thing what those crews are doing. They're trying to get people's lives back together before the holidays as well," Prunty said.
And Boneck believes giving back is the greatest gift of all.
"This time of the year during the holidays just think about some of the people out here," Boneck said.
WPS crews will be coming back to Wisconsin December 18th.