As the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy continue to ravage the eastern seaboard, aid is pouring in from communities across the nation - including Marshall County.
More than 100 Alliant staff from Iowa and Wisconsin headed out to Lake Katrine, NY Sunday. Of those 100 employees, 80 hailed from central Iowa communities such as Marshalltown, Grinnell, Newton and Ames.
"Anytime there is a large storm, utilities put out a call for mutual assistance," said Justin Foss, spokesperson for Alliant. "If your house were damaged, it might take you a month to get it repaired alone, but with power you want to get it repaired as quickly as possible."
This photo provided by 6abc Action News shows the Inlet section of Atlantic City, N.J., as Hurricane Sandy makes it approach, Monday. Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, which was already mostly under water and saw a piece of its world-famous Boardwalk washed away earlier in the day.
East coast utilities have requests upwards of 10,000 line workers and tree trimmers to assist with the fallout from the storm that developed Sunday, wreaking havoc in the Caribbean before making its way up the eastern seaboard leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Foss said many Alliant workers volunteered to travel to New England to provide assistance. Workers stopped in Scranton, Pa. Monday to wait for the bulk of the storm to pass before beginning help to restore electricity.
"These guys are pretty excited to get out there and help," Foss said.
As long as nothing major develops locally, Foss said workers would stay there until the job is complete. Although he estimated that would be approximately two weeks, he said it is subject to change.
While Alliant's first priority is helping its customers locally, providing the aid allows the company to pay forward some of the assistance other utilities rendered it during the 2008 floods and 2007 ice storms, Foss said.
Tony Burke, chapter support officer for the Central Iowa branch of the Red Cross, said the region has already sent 13 volunteers, five emergency vehicles and two Ameri-Crops members to help with the Sandy's ruinous aftermath.
Burke urged people to give blood as the storm has already wiped out several blood clinics in the east. To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 (800-RED-CROSS).