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Ameren crews aiding Irene victims

Monday, August 29, 2011 | 8:52 a.m. CDT; updated 1:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 29, 2011

ST. LOUIS — When ice storms and thunderstorms downed power lines in eastern Missouri in recent years, utility workers from around the country arrived to help Ameren Corp. workers restore electricity. Now, the St. Louis-based utility is returning the favor.

KTVI-TV reports that Ameren workers from the St. Louis area are on the East Coast helping restore power in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

They include around 100 workers from the Illinois side of the river who are in Vermont and 63 who are in New Jersey.

The company says the workers could be gone up to three weeks.

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