NIPSCO crews heading to Ohio for storm aid
Post-Tribune Staff Report November 1, 2012 11:48AM
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Updated: December 3, 2012 6:38AM
MERRILLVILLE — About 80 NIPSCO workers headed east Thursday morning to assist with the Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts. An estimated 4.9 million customers from Ohio to New Jersey remained without power Thursday afternoon.
The volunteers, who include linemen and others, will provide assistance to FirstEnergy, which serves several of the areas most impacted by the storm.
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. crews will be stationed in eastern Ohio. At the peak, First Energy had 2.2 million customers out of power. As members of a 13-state mutual aid agreement, FirstEnergy and NIPSCO have assisted each other during past major outage events.
“Our hearts go out to those experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Mike Finissi, NIPSCO senior vice president and chief operating officer. “We are proud to see our co-workers, who have the skills to lend meaningful assistance, step up and volunteer to leave their families and homes to help others in their time of need.”
The team is prepared to lend help with patrolling lines, surveying damage and repairing broken poles and downed lines.
In addition to NIPSCO crews, the company released outside resources from electric line and tree trimming contractors to provide extra support.