Consumers Energy crews head east - WNEM TV 5

Consumers Energy crews head east

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DUNDEE, MI (WNEM & AP) -

About 25 Consumers Energy workers will join up with more than 300 utility employees and contractors to provide assistance for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

It's the first time that Consumers Energy officials have sent natural gas crews to assist with storm restoration work outside of Michigan in the company's 125-year history.

The crews left from Dundee, MI, on Tuesday morning and will be traveling to West Hempstead, NY, to assist efforts for two weeks.

Consumers Energy sent out 50 electric line employees to help in efforts in Cleveland this past weekend and with that work complete, the crews are now in Oceanport, N.J.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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