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Mundane tasks mark big job of putting lights on

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

HOBOKEN, N.J. – For utility crews racing to restore power to residents of this waterfront city that have been sitting in the dark for a week, the task is both mundane and monumental: Clean a bunch of gunk off electrical equipment with rags and cleaning spray.

That’s the way it has been across the Northeast, as crews clean, replace and fix the equipment needed to get the lights back on for millions of customers who lost power when superstorm Sandy blew through.

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