Friday, October 26, 2012
Utility crews from Kansas will soon be on their way to the East Coast to restore power after Hurricane Sandy's anticipated landfall early next week.
Westar Energy said in a news release Friday evening it received a call for assistance from the Mutual Assistance Group. Forty-four employees -- including linemen, supervisors, safety and support personnel -- from Topeka, Manhattan, Arkansas City, Wichita, Emporia, Humboldt, Shawnee and Lawrence will leave Kansas about 8 a.m. Saturday.
The Kansas electric utility is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group, which allows Westar to call upon neighboring utilities and their contractors for help to restore service after significant events. Westar sends line and tree crews to assist utilities in other states when they are in need.