Iowans are reaching out to help as Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast. Alliant Energy has sent more than 100 employees to help. Crews left Sunday and are headed to New York. This comes after a mutual assistance call from all East Cost utilities and this is Alliant Energy’s largest mutual aid response ever. 110 employees are travelling to assist with the majority from 19 Iowa communities. Vern Gebhart says this is in part a way of saying thanks for the help that Iowa received during the 2007 ice storm and 2008 floods. Crews could be out there as long as two weeks. Though they don’t have experience with hurricanes, they have worked with hurricane and flood damage which will make them very useful during the cleanup and subsequent restoration of power.