EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Nearly four dozen workers from Xcel Energy left Eau Claire Wednesday morning bound for the East Coast to help restore power to people left stranded by Hurricane Sandy.
More than 20 bucket trucks and other Xcel vehicles had a police escort out of Eau Claire on the start of their trip. The 46 employees are from La Crosse, Eau Claire, and other offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.
An Xcel news release states the crews are headed to parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, and southern Ohio. They may be gone as long as two weeks.
Xcel has mutual aid agreements with other utilities around the country. When events like the recent hurricane, or other severe weather cut power, the affected utilities can ask for assistance to repair the damaged areas.
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