More utility crews sent to East Coast
Madison-based utility company, Alliant Energy sent more restoration crews to the East Coast to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Alliant Energy said the latest group of 63 will work on the natural gas system around West Hempstead, New York. This crew includes 28 workers from Wisconsin, 34 from Iowa and one from Minnesota.
Electric crews initially helped restore power to Central Hudson Gas and Electric customers in and around Lake Katrine, New York.
About 205 Alliant Energy workers from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota have responded to damage caused by the Superstorm. The first wave of crews left on Oct. 28. The majority of those workers are still in New York. On Tuesday, 18 staff members started their journey back home.
“We’re proud of our staff that headed east. To date, our crews have been very safe while working in extreme conditions and mountainous terrain,” Vern Gebhart, Alliant Energy’s Vice President - Energy Delivery Operations, said in a statement. “The reason we’re able to give such a large response is because our staff back home have really stepped up and provided great support.”
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