Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) today dispatched about 85 employees to Auburn, Massachusetts, to help National Grid restore power to residents affected by last week's severe ice storm. The PSE&G contingent includes about 55 line personnel, and more than 55 vehicles from different locations throughout New Jersey.

National Grid had reached out to PSE&G mid-day Sunday and requested help restoring electric service in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. The ice storm brought down trees, utility poles, power lines and other equipment, making restoration difficult and time consuming. New England utilities estimate that power should be fully restored by the end of week, when PSE&G crews are expected to return to New Jersey.

Mutual aid is an arrangement between utilities that allows for the sharing of resources such as labor and equipment during emergencies. The hosting utility reimburses for associated costs.