A South Dakota utility company is joining the effort to restore power on the East Coast.  A crew of lineworkers from Sioux Valley Energy answered the call Friday to help restore power to customers experiencing outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The Sioux Valley crew will join lineworkers from Dakota Energy based in Huron in the restoration efforts.

Director of Engineering and Operations, Ted Smith says that his group will send four lineworkers and two trucks, plus Dakota Energy from Huron is sending two of their lineworkers and a truck.  The crews are expected to be working in the Long Island, New York area.  Thursday, Long Island news agencies were reporting more than 650,000 people still out of power.

Sioux Valley Energy, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a customer owned-utility, providing reliable electric service at cost-based rates to over 22,000 homes, farms, businesses and industries in a seven-county area of east-central South Dakota and southwest Minnesota.

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