SkyWarn 13: Wis.-based utility sends workers to East Coast, Xcel considering

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - An Xcel representative has told WEAU that they will decide Tuesday if they will be sending crews to assist with any damage that results from Hurricane Sandy. She tells us if they do decide to go, Xcel crews would work with the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group.


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