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NIPSCO sends 80 employees to assist with Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts

NIPSCO sent 80 employee voltuneers to assist with Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts Thursday morning.
Posted on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 1, 2012 at 4:06 p.m.

MERRILLVILLE — NIPSCO sent 80 employee volunteers east on Thursday morning to help with power restoration efforts after Hurricane Sandy left 8.2 million people in 20 states in the dark.

It’s estimated that 6 million people between Ohio and New Jersey were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

The volunteers will help FirstEnergy, a utility company which serves areas hit by the hurricane that made landfall earlier this week. At the peak, FirstEnergy had 2.2 million customers without power.

They are prepared to help with patrolling lines, surveying damage, repairing broken poles and fixing downed power lines.

Approximately 6,000 NIPSCO customers were without power due to the inland effects of the hurricane, and most customers had power restored within 24 hours. The company prepared for possible effects to northern Indiana by scheduling additional work crews and staff members out on the roads and at the customer call center.

 FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, family members hold up photos of Michele MacNeill facing Martin MacNeill, not shown, as he enters the courtroom in Provo, Utah. The Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison in a separate sexual abuse case. He is facing up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, 2014. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife Michelle drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. The long-awaiting sentencing comes after a Provo judge denied a request for a new trial.  (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton, Pool, File)

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