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Idaho Power Sends Crews To Help With Hurricane Sandy

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Bo Hanchey works at Idaho Power but this week he won't be working here in Idaho. Crews will be heading to the devastated areas of New York to assist in power restoration.

"Idaho Power is part of the Western Energy Institute which is an assistance group that anytime emergencies happen with utilizes we are a part of that group that they call. And we are offering resources and manpower to assist wherever it's at," said Bo Hanchey.

Idaho Power got the call for assistance Friday. Crews are now making the 2,500 mile trip across the country.

"We're thinking it will take us 3 days. We are hoping to get, we have to drive all of the" trucks down because we can't get them flown out so we're thinking about a 3 day road trip and we're going to try and be there Wednesday Night."

Several million people continue to be without power after hurricane sandy. Damage estimates are expected to be near 50 billion. There are several ways you can help.

"As of Friday, we have had close to 4,000 Red Cross Volunteers and paid staff descend on New York and New Jersey. They are in all of the different boroughs of New York City and the Northern end of New Jersey," said Roger Hinton of the American Red Cross.

"The easiest way to help with the hurricane and actually the way that gets the aid most immediately is through donations or funds," said Marcos Marquez of the Salvation Army.

If you want to contribute to relief efforts, you can call 1800–RED–CROSS or go to RedCross.org or text RED CROSS to 90999 for a 10 dollar donation. For the Salvation Army, you can also go online to donate.salvationarmyusa.org/donate or you can make a ten dollar donation by text message. Text the word storm to 80888.


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