Illinois utilities are rolling to the rescue as Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast.
Ameren Illinois and ComEd say they're sending more than 200 crews to help fix electricity outages.
Ameren says it's sending nearly 100 workers to Vermont in response to a request from Central Vermont Public Service - a utility that has helped Ameren's Illinois customers in recent years through mutual assistance. Ameren says it's agreed to send linemen, supervisors, and safety and logistics personnel.
The company says It will take days for its employees to safely drive line trucks and other equipment to the Northeast.
ComEd says it'll send more than 100 crews to support its sister utility, PECO, in Philadelphia.
The workers will begin helping to repair damage and restore service on Sunday.