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EDISON SENDS AID TO STRICKEN KAUAI

 EDISON SENDS AID TO STRICKEN KAUAI
 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The devastation left


in the wake of Hurricane Iniki caught the eye and heart of Southern California Edison. The electric utility is helping its Pacific neighbor by flying employees and more than 250 tons of equipment from Norton Air Force Base.
 "Edison is the first electric utility in the continental United States to respond to the crisis in Kauai. Restoration of electric service is critical to the recovery of a community after a disaster like this. Southern California Edison will continue to help Kauai Electric get full electric service back to the island as quickly as possible," said Dennis Eastman, vice president of Electric Distribution.
 Edison is using military transport planes to fly in much needed manpower and service vehicles to the hard-pressed Hawaiian utility. "We're sending crews, heavy-duty transmission line trucks, pickup trucks, two all-terrain equipment cranes and an infrastructure management team to oversee repair operations. We're able to help Kauai under the standard utility mutual assistance agreement. All costs incurred by Edison will be paid by Citizens Utility Co. for its Kauai Electric Division.
 "Additional materials will be shipped, taking about a week to reach Kauai. Our personnel will be flown in and ready to assist in the clean-up process even before the equipment arrives. This is just the first wave of employees and supplies Edison will be providing to the island," Eastman added.
 "Edison is concerned about the people of Kauai, and we'll do whatever it takes to bring life back to normal for them."
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 /CONTACT: Cathy Sedlik of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/ CO: Southern California Edison ST: California IN: UTI SU:


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