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Utility Companies Send Help

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For people out east, it's not over yet.  Power outages and storm battered homes lay in Sandy's wake. Officials say at least 39 people are dead, many crushed by fallen trees.  Entergy and Cleco Corporation both have utility workers on the ground in those hard hit areas.

Sandy knocked out power to at least 8.2 million homes. Many on the east coast are dealing with conditions they've only heard of.  "I'm sure they are glad we have some experience in being able to restore; during this time they are having is probably difficult for a lot of people," says Duhon.

Liz Duhon is Entergy's customer service manager in Lafayette. Duhon says some 300 workers have gone to help restore power. "Southwest region which includes Lafayette, Jennings and Lake Charles we have about 36.  The scouts are there to access the damage and figure out what kind of work needs to be done. The linemen and servicemen repair and restore service."

James Frederick is a utility foreman with Entergy. He knows the challenges of working in a storm's aftermath. "We don't allow anybody to go in while the storm is going on. It might still be raining.  We can work in the rain.  High winds we cannot work in.  You cannot get up in a bucket truck in certain mile per hour winds."

Cleco is also on the job with 26 employees out of Louisiana. A distribution service manager from St. Tammany parish is in Maryland, where there are 3 storm related deaths. "Conditions after a hurricane are normally hot and warm after a hurricane where we are from.  Very unusual for us to come work a hurricane when it's this cold," says Mike Polk of Cleco.

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