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NV Energy crews restoring power on East Coast

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The cleanup and recovery continues for victims of Superstorm Sandy, while residents in the northeast United States are being hit by a second big storm.

Some NV Energy crews are currently deployed to the East Coast, doing what they can to help restore power there.

In some neighborhoods, the only sounds apparent come from generators and chainsaws.

Beth Davidsen lives in Smithtown, Long Island with her family. She's been without power for 10 days.

"It's cold. It's 43 degrees inside my house. We don't have hot water. It's been really rough. It's been dark," Davidsen said.

Earlier this week, Davidsen noticed trucks driving down her street. They were NV Energy trucks from Reno and Las Vegas.

"When I saw them go by I was in my yard and I started crying and saying, ‘Thank you,' because it's just beautiful," Davidsen said.

It was something she had been dreaming about ever since her parents gave her a sliver of hope.

"Both of my parents actually live in Las Vegas, and they said, ‘Don't worry, help is on the way,'" she said.

On Monday, 11 crew members from southern Nevada and a total of 18 from the state boarded a plane for the East Coast. Since then, they've been dealing with downed trees, mangled power lines and the latest storm bearing down on the region.

"The biggest reason why we're here is the same reason other utilities from all across the nation are here. This has been an historic storm, with historic damage," said NV Energy Emergency Management Administrator Jim Reagan.

It's unclear how long NV Energy crews will remain in the region. But for now, Las Vegas has brought much needed help to one struggling family.

"There are no words for how grateful we are," Davidsen said.

As of Wednesday night, thousands in the area are still without power.

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