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WPS crews heading to east coast to help restore power


Three utility crews from Central Wisconsin will head to the east coast to help restore power after Superstorm Sandy.

Wisconsin Public Service officials say crews from Wausau and Stevens Point will head out Thursday morning and will work in Connecticut. They say Wisconsin crews are needed in areas that were hit with snow because they have experience working in cold, icy conditions.

Several other crews from Wisconsin are also heading east to help out. WPS officials say a total of 25 workers will drive to the east coast together.

During a stop Wednesday in Mosinee, Gov. Scott Walker said the state is trying to help those recovering from the storm.  

"We've got, I believe, over 500 technicians and crew members that have gone out to help assist," said Walker. "The biggest challenge they have right now is in power and telecommunications. Some of those crews actually went out as early as Saturday. Another wave went out yesterday. We've had more folks going out today."

WPS officials said crews will likely be on the east coast for two weeks. They say the absence of these crews in Wisconsin will delay some maintenance work, but that it should not impact service to customers.

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