FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Indiana Michigan Power has deployed 300 power workers to New England for mutual assistance as Hurricane Henri bears down on the Northeast.
The utility said late Saturday that it was “answering the call” for anticipated help ahead of the arrival of the potentially dangerous storm, which is expected to make landfall Sunday. Crews will “aid in power restoration efforts,” I&M said.
The 300 I&M employees and contractors from the Fort Wayne area, the Muncie and Marion area, the South Bend and Elkhart area and southwest Michigan, are already on the road as of Saturday, and will arrive in Connecticut ahead of the storm, I&M said.
“Indiana Michigan Power is dedicated to providing safe and reliable electric service to our customers in Indiana and Michigan and across the country,” said Steve Baker, I&M president, and chief operating officer. “Being able to lend a helping hand to those who have been impacted by mother nature is a cornerstone of our company. I’m grateful and proud of I&M employees who are answering the call to serve those in the path of this storm.”
I&M operates through mutual assistance agreements with utilities across the nation.
I&M said it was “ready and prepared” to respond to any local outages if they were to occur.