Ameren has sent 100 workers to the East Coast to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The utility dispatched 52 linemen Saturday for Somerset, New Jersey. Another 57 left Monday for the southern part of the state. A New Jersey electric company issued a mutual aid request nationwide last Friday and Ameren answered the call with enough linemen they could spare. Spokesman Kent Martin tells KZIM KSIM this is one way they can help their colleagues along the East Coast while still keeping their Missouri customers safe. Martin says the New Jersey utility has asked the Ameren crews to stay for up to two weeks, depending on the severity of the storm. He says they could send more linemen and contractors to the East if they need it in the coming days.
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