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SoCal Companies To Help Restore Power For Sandy Storm Victims

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison will send crews to the East Coast to help the millions of people without power because of Superstorm Sandy.

The L.A. City Council passed the emergency motion for LADWP Wednesday, which will allow workers with overhead and underground utility experience to restore electricity for storm victims.

“Our neighbors to the east are experiencing a horrific natural disaster, and power is the key to get people back in their homes and their lives right,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who authorized the motion.

In addition, SoCal Edison will send a fleet of more than 70 utility trucks to affected areas Thursday morning.

Edison spokesman David Song said the U.S. Air Force will use huge cargo planes to transport the vehicles from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County to the East Coast.

About 120 Edison personnel will also fly out to help.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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