WATERBURY, Vt. — Vermont and Maine troopers are heading south to help with security efforts in storm-battered New Jersey.

Vermont State Police say 11 Vermont troopers are joining 15 troopers from Maine to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in areas of New Jersey that were affected by Superstorm Sandy. Vermont troopers are leaving Sunday for a seven-day deployment.

Officials say this is the second time that Vermont State Police troopers have deployed to another state to provide assistance. In 2005, Vermont State Police traveled to Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.

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