They rolled in one by one, Alabama Power trucks returning from days of hard work in the northeast.
"Our crews were doing everything you can imagine," Alabama Power spokesman, Michael Sznajderman, said.
From putting poles back up to restoring wires, hundreds of crew members including linemen William Hagood and Timothy McWilliams spent 16 hour days trying to restore several communities after Hurricane Sandy devastated them.
"We put in some long hours and got a lot of lights on," Hagood said. Both men say those hours were worth it because of the people they encountered.
"It just made me want to stay there and do as much as I could," McWilliams said.
Hagood remembers a group of New Jersey women showing their appreciation by preparing a meal for the power crews.
"The ladies who cooked for us they took a lot of time and effort and you could tell they were sincere," Hagood said.
They're now glad to be back in Birmingham but say the people up north made it almost as if they've been home all along.
"They made us feel at home. They took care of us. It was just amazing the way they did us," McWilliams said.
Most of the 900 crew members that Alabama Power sent up north have returned except for a small group that is still in New York repairing the underground system.
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