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Ameren Natural Gas Employees Deployed To Aid New Orleans Recovery
Ameren natural gas employees today were deployed to aid in the restoration of natural gas service in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana.

A total of 47 employees, including five supervisors, will be working in New Orleans on behalf of Entergy Corporation.

From Illinois, AmerenCIPS and AmerenIP each are sending 13 employees, and AmerenCILCO is sending 10 employees. In Missouri, AmerenUE is deploying 10 employees.

"The severity of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina is underscored by the fact that this is the first time ever that Entergy Gas Operations has accepted help in the form of mutual assistance from other natural gas utilities," says Ameren Vice President of Gas Operations Support Jim Davis.

"Our employees have the expertise needed to respond to this unprecedented natural disaster. They are eager to help the people of the New Orleans metropolitan area recover from Hurricane Katrina."

Ameren previously announced that more than 300 Ameren employees and contract workers have been deployed for an indefinite period to help restore electricity service. These crews also are working on behalf of Entergy.

On Sept. 1, the company announced it has created a matching gift program for employee contributions to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The company will match one-for-one all contributions made by Ameren employees from Sept. 2, 2005, to Oct. 17, 2005, to the United Way, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Last week, Ameren announced that it is supplying eight diesel engine generators to power post offices in some of the hardest hit areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ameren, through its operating companies, serves 2.3 million electric and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Illinois and Missouri.

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