Ark. cooperatives sending workers to East Coast

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Repair crews with Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are on the nation's East Coast to help restore power following a strong storm that hit the region.

AECI Vice President Pat McClafferty says 34 workers left Saturday to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

AECI says it also sent 12 bucket trucks, three digger-derrick trucks, 10 pick-up trucks and other equipment to help in the power restoration work.

McClafferty says the crews are working for Orange and Rockland Utilities based in Pearl River, N.Y. He says the utility is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., which supplies power to New York City.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are made up of 17 cooperatives that provide electricity to about a half million customers in Arkansas and surrounding states.

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