EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is sending two crews to New Jersey Thursday to repair damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Twelve linemen will depart from Portland early in the morning to help restore power for millions of people left in the dark. The team will be gone between two weeks and a month.
EWEB is part of a mutual aid cooperation agreement between utilities in other areas to send and receive help after a large storm or other disaster. As part of the agreement, the New Jersey utility receiving help will pay for labor, overtime, food, transportation and accommodations for the EWEB team.
Other utilities in Lane County have pledged to assist EWEB back at home in case an unexpected weather event happens while part of their line crew is away.