MLGW Workers Heading to New York

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(Memphis)  A group of MLGW workers will leave Memphis Friday to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

33 MLGW workers will be stationed in New York, where they will be working with the Long Island Power Authority. The utility still has about 650,000 customers who are without electricity.

MLGW is one of several utilities nationwide that are sending workers to the areas affected by Sandy. At one point, more than 8 million customers in several states were without power.

MLGW spokesperson Glen Thomas says the crews will in charge of making significant repairs.

“In a situation like that, you can see entire sections of the electric system just destroyed. Poles and lines are down. It all has to be rebuilt,” said Thomas.

The workers are expected to be in the Long Island area for the next several days and possibly longer.