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Consumer Energy crews heading to aid East Coast

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Consumers Energy workers are getting their last minute instructions before heading east to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

"We have 20 workers from our gas service department going out to National Grid in New York," said Charles Montgomery of Consumers Energy, "There's been a lot of damage not only on the electric side there, but for the gas utilities as well."

This isn't the first time Consumers Energy has left the state to aid after a disaster, but it's usually the electric guys who get all the glory.

This time it's the gas guys and they say they can't wait to get out there to lend a hand.

"I think they're excited to make the trip," said Scott Wilson from Consumers Energy, "To get people restored to gas and get their homes warm and let them start enjoying life like we do up here."

Consumers Energy's been around for 125 years and this is the first time the company has sent gas workers out of state to help in a disaster.

Hurricane Sandy was different. Her storm surge soaked gas lines in salt water.

"Taking a look at regulators, inspecting for damage, making repairs there as needed." Montgomery said.

The next stop for this crew is the East Coast to see Sandy's damage first hand.

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