By Jessica Ridgway
Channel 2 News
5:38 AM AKST, January 17, 2013
Some members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Alaska are headed east to help repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy nearly three months ago.
After the superstorm the IBEW sent out a call for help and so far, between 12 to 15 Alaskan members have responded.
IBEW says crews will be installing poles and stringing power lines from pole to pole in storm-damaged areas. The workers will have to deal with power lines that have been hit by trees or have fallen to the ground, as well as collapsed buildings.
The workers main priority will be bring power back to the hospitals, schools, businesses, and homes in the area.
"It's a sudden and urgent need to get the power back on for the customers of those utilities and that's what the IBEW is all about," said Daniel Repasky with the IBEW. "Our job is to make sure no customer is impacted by down lines and we get it done as quickly as we can."
Despite the potential dangers the crews face every day, the IBEW says only 15 members in Alaska have lost their lives since the union first started in 1946.
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