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Power utilities send crews to New York, New Jersey

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Crews from the region's electricity providers head north this weekend to join the nationwide effort to restore power to communities still hurting after superstorm Sandy.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative sent dozens of linemen and vehicles to aid fellow utility workers in New Jersey and Maryland, according to press releases issued Friday afternoon.

The cooperatives had restored power to all but fewer than a half-dozen customers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley as of Friday.

SVEC has sent crews to assist First Energy. The utilties have a mutual-aid agreement, according to J. Mike Aulgur, spokesman for the cooperative. SVEC workers were in Maryland as of Friday and will be deployed by First Energy as it deems appropriate to New Jersey or New York.

REC is sending 35 linemen and 20 vehicles from its Blue Ridge, Bowling Green and Culpeper district offices this weekend, according to utility spokesman Brian Wolfe. The workers join Jersey Central Power and Light in New Jersey and are expected to remain there for several days to aid in restoration efforts.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com


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