Clark Public Utilities to send crews to help restore power on East Coast

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter

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Updated: October 31, 2012, 4:54 PM

 

Clark Public Utilities is joining electric companies across the U.S. to help restore power on the East Coast in the face of Hurricane Sandy, the utility said Wednesday. Two crews and one superintendent — a total of 11 employees — will join line workers from other regional utilities to assist FirstEnergy in New Jersey on today.

“The skills required to repair electric systems are highly specialized, it’s dangerous work and training takes years, so when emergencies occur, it’s all hands on deck and we’re glad we can help,” Wayne Nelson, the utility’s general manager, said in a news release. Nelson added that the “forecast for Clark County looks mild and manageable for the next two weeks and we have no concerns about the ability to respond to local emergencies while these crews assist others.”

Clark Public Utilities, which has a 349-member staff, is a customer-owned public utility providing electric service to more than 183,000 customers throughout the county. It also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses.