Forty PNM employees, including three from the Ruidoso area and another two from Alamogordo, are expected to return from the east coast Friday. The crews assisted with the massive effort to restore power after Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast Atlantic cost in late October.

The team finished work in New Jersey and departed on Tuesday.

Initially the contingent was assigned to help restore electricity in the service territory of Baltimore Gas and Electric. On Nov. 2 they were reassigned to Passaic, New Jersey, west of New York City.

The 40 employees from around New Mexico assisted with a wide variety of post-storm restoration work, including the replacement of distribution poles and transformers, repairing downed electric lines, running new services, and repairing substation structures.

The PNM crews, along with nine bucket trucks, six line trucks and other utility vehicles, left Albuquerque on Oct. 29. They are expected to arrive back in the Duke City Friday afternoon.

PNM is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange which coordinates assistance efforts following natural disasters.