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Over 700 Wisconsinites are helping storm victims in Eastern U.S.


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said Thursday that over 700 Wisconsin technicians and support staffers are helping people in the Eastern U.S. recover from Superstorm Sandy.

They include rescuers, utility workers, and businesses sending emergency generators and a host of relief supplies.

The Wisconsin Public Service utility is the latest to send personnel out East. 25 technicians left Thursday morning for Connecticut.

The governor also said he would increase weight limits for trucks carrying relief supplies and materials to the East Coast. He said businesses should contact the DOT to get the necessary oversize and overweight permits.

Also, Wisconsin Emergency Management said first responders should not go to the storm damage area by themselves, without telling anyone.

Officials say Wisconsin is part of the national Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which coordinates and assigns personnel for response and recovery efforts.