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Wis.-based utility sends workers to East Coast

Published On: Oct 29 2012 04:39:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2012 05:04:14 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A Madison-based power company has dispatched more than 100 workers to the East Coast in response to a mutual aid call from utilities preparing for Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.

About 110 Alliant Energy workers from Iowa and Wisconsin departed Sunday. They planned to stage in Scranton, Penn., on Monday evening, out of the worst of the storm, and then proceed to Lake Katrine, N.Y., to help Central Hudson Gas and Electric customers. The crews have packed for a two-week stay.

The storm was expected to make landfall in New Jersey or Delaware on Monday evening.

East Coast utilities have requested several thousand line mechanics and tree clearance crews from across the country. 

About 70 workers from Madison-based Hooper Corporation are also traveling to the East Coast to assist.

Madison Gas and Electric is also dispatching crews to the East Coast to help.

Several Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin are already in place at East Coast shelters. 

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