By Greg Argos

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands remain without power in Delaware thanks to the winter storm.

The storm created sheets of ice which caked nearly everything in New Castle County. The storm caused trees to topple and power lines to snap.

Crews throughout New Castle County have been working around-the-clock to restore electricity.

PECO employees departed Wednesday morning to assist electric companies in Delaware.

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“So the first step is we have to walk the whole thing down, so we can identify what is the cause of the outage and what is the damage that we need to repair,” said Sean Kennedy with PECO.

Kennedy, along with some 200 other crews from as far as Chicago, are helping Delmarva Power linesmen fix trouble spots.

“We can bring our own sister companies in. It doesn’t cost our customers money and at the same time we can use the strength of them to restore power in a timely and quick manner,” Kennedy said.

Independent contractors are removing trees, many of which snapped like twigs because of the ice and wind.

Delmarva Power says they hope to have everyone’s power restored by midnight.

Thomas Palmer is hoping so.

“I got no TV, no computer. That mean I gotta talk to my wife all day,” he joked.

Delaware was hit with a combination of snow, sleet, wind, and rain Tuesday.

In New Jersey, crews with Atlantic City Electric were out in Salem and Gloucester Counties for most of the day on Wednesday.  According to the power company, less than 500 homes were without power Wednesday. That is down from 29,000 the day of the storm.

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