La. crews heading to northeast for Sandy
BATON ROUGE - Volunteers, emergency responders and others from Louisiana are heading to the northeast to put their experience with hurricanes to use as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall.
Both Entergy and DEMCO utility companies have hundreds of line workers either on their way or prepared to join crews from other states, all anticipating a massive cleanup and restoration job once the "superstorm" Sandy passes through.
"We're committed to be there for our fellow electricity providers in the Northeast, just as other companies came to help us when Hurricane Isaac slammed the Gulf Coast in August," said Greg Grillo, who coordinates Entergy's storm response.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also sent three teams of employees to the area Sandy is expected to pass through. Two teams are currently in Pennsylvania, while a third is en route to Maryland.
Christina Stephens with GOHSEP said they're also offering any emergency supplies to states that request them, either before or after the storm.
Sandy is expected to make landfall in New Jersey or Delaware Monday evening. Forecasters warn that once it collides with two early winter storms coming from the opposite direction, it will spawn a hybrid "superstorm", bringing flooding rains and snow as well.