UPDATE: SCE Trucks to Be Flown from March ARB to Sandy-Devastated New York

A convoy carrying more than 70 SCE trucks was set to leave Menifee Wednesday morning for New York to assist in the Hurricane Sandy restoration effort, but will now be flown from March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31:

A convoy of SCE trucks that was due to leave Wednesday morning from Menifee for New York to assist in Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts will now be flown out of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, Patch has confirmed.

"We were all ready to go, about to leave the driveway and they said 'wait we are trying to get there faster,'" Southern California Edison Spokesperson David Song told Patch.

SCE will now be provided Air Force transport to the New York area, where they will assist Con Edison, Song said.

Approximately 70 to 80 vehicles will be flown on six C-5s and eight C-17s, according to Song. The loads will leave March ARB Thursday morning, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., he said.

"They are going to load all our vehicles. This is all part of the urgency to get the crews there," Song said.

Crews are flying out separately Thursday, he said.

Although SCE and Con Edison are not sister companies, Song said: "We have no relationship to them. We are trying to help. We would expect the same from other utilities."

About 8 million people along the East Coast were initially without power following the storm; about 6 million people remained without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to news reports.


Patch speaks with Ed Antillon, director of electric distribution for Southern California Edison, about the assistance SCE is sending to New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation to the East Coast.

Sandy Weston November 01, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I certainly hope by convoy, they mean that they are going to put those trucks on the C-17 troop carrier, and not that they're going to DRIVE all the way! For three days and all that gas!! It would be half cleaned up by the time they got there anyway. I inspected the C-17, big, great plane. Would just take 3 or 4 hours. Sandy Weston, Wildomar
Galactic Cannibal November 01, 2012 at 02:02 AM
The C-17 is the world's biggest polluting TIN CAN with wings.......If all commercial aircraft that fly every day, polluted like the C-17. We would all be wearing anti pollution masks. To prevent lung collapse.
Al Timiter November 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Galactic, you have no idea what you are talking about. I fuel them on a weekly basis on my base when they come in. They are quiet and with the newest of engines. It takes a commercial aircraft longer to get where they are going for fuel and passenger stops. Yes they are big, but so is the thrust. Theyu can make it to the east coast in about 5 hours. So what it the person said 3 to 4 hours instead of maybe 5? It's still better than driving. And as far as who's paying for it, don't worry, you wont see a bill in the mail. The airforce will write it off as a cross country training mission, or use it to position the cargo planes for their next mission. You have no idea how JSOC plans their flights. Stick to what you know best, and thats nothing.
Jim November 01, 2012 at 08:14 PM
We are Americans and when Americans get slammed by a storm we should all be there. We give Billions of dollars to countries that hate us like Libya, Egypt, etc. That money should go to Americans. The east coast has been devastated. Lets go America! Lets take care of our own.
N1smo2go November 01, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Al I here you. I live in Murrieta and I love the C-17, I have ridden on them from March, Japan, and other places. Their capabilities are awesome and this is exactly the use they need. Training like this is priceless on your home soil and plus it helps out the citizenry, and I don't mind helping pay that bill. We need more of these planes. It would be cool if they air dropped those trucks right where they needed to be. Taxpayers complain as always, so when the big one hits California, and those same supplies need to come in, and our services are down, don't fret when a C-17 is bringing in water, food and other necessities, because sooner or later we are going to get hit with something big in this state;
BLUESGUITAR777 November 01, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Wow... I have to ask... does it hurt (being that stupid)?
BLUESGUITAR777 November 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I agree with the supporters. I love seeing the military in action/practice. I used to live on the border of Cypress and Los Alamitos before moving to Lake Elsinore and would see the jets and choppers daily. I love it. It's good to know we have a good strong military here to protect us. The pollution touting, tree hugging hippies can shove it.


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