Two Wisconsin Public Service linemen from Sturgeon Bay will be among the WPS crews heading to Flint, Michigan to assist consumers with ongoing utility restoration efforts. Almost 50 employees of Wisconsin Utilities will join linemen from numerous utility companies to assist to help customers without power in Michigan because of a recent ice storm. Lisa Prunty, public relations manager for the Upper Peninsula Power Company, says the philosophy behind the effort is to bring crews in from areas untouched by severe weather…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/N2024.mp3|titles=Lisa Prunty]
Prunty says utilities have formed regional groups to support each other in the event of wide spread power outages caused by weather events…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/N2025.mp3|titles=Lisa Prunty]
Prunty says the same is true when storms, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, cause devastating damage to electrical system in other parts of the country.