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Restoring power after Sandy: 'It's slow work'

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)-Superstorm Sandy did not cause any power outages Tuesday for the 27,000 customers of the Holland Board of Public Works.

The company uses smart meters to track each customer's service. If power does go out, BPW employees can use the meters to pinpoint problems.

Managers say they sympathize with utility workers who will be spending the next several days fixing the outages Sandy caused.

"It is very difficult... slow work, especially when they get down house to house. Many times, it is a pole that snapped or broken, and that has to be completely rebuilt. A new pole has to be brought in and new cross arms attached. The items that were on the old pole has to be rebuilt and reattached," explains Bill Bush, superintendent of electric transmission for the Holland Board of Public Works.

Restoring power to some areas of the Northeast could take more than a week.

For more coverage of Superstorm Sandy's aftermath, visit our partner USA Today's website.


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