DALLAS — Across the country, utility companies are marshalling line crews and convoys of trucks for service in storm-struck areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, according to a report on www.FleetOwner.com. The crews will help restore power to thousands of communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Restoration efforts are extremely limited at this point due to the amount of damage to electrical sys-tems. About 1 million customers remain without power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Louisiana power company Entergy committed 4,000 line workers and thousands of other crews to the effort, though they do not expect to start restoring power for at least six to 12 weeks. Dallas-based utility TXU sent 570 employees and contractors to Florida and is now in the process of redirecting them to Louisiana and Mississippi, according to FleetOwner.com. In addition, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP) has sent 1,250 employees and contractors plus their equipment to Louisiana to help with recovery efforts. Crews from utilities as far away as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Oklahoma are moving in to help support restoration efforts.

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