TRURO - Two Nova Scotia Power crews from the Truro area are among a contingent of workers who have been sent to Connecticut to assist with outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The four employees are among 20 power line technicians and supervisors whose services are being shared to help restore power to some of the more than 8.2 million people left without electricity after Monday night's hurricane.
But NSP spokeswoman Neera Ritcey said the absence of the Nova Scotia workers is planned to ensure there is proper balance of available crews left in the province to react to any potential problems that might arise here.
"These decisions are made very carefully," she said. "We have to ensure that there's a balance between keeping sufficient resources here for our own customers' needs and being able to help out areas that are most in need within the region. We continue to monitor the weather and have ensured that we have sufficient capacity here at home to ensure coverage in different parts of the province."
Ritcey said loaning out such crews also has to make sense geographically so the workers don't spend too much time travelling so they can get to the needed areas as quickly as possible.
The system is also designed so that U.S. crews could be loaned to Nova Scotia Power should a major outage occur here.
"If we need them we can rely on help in a reasonable amount of time," she said.