Construction Accident Causes Power Outage for 3,700 in Kissimmee

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 13, 2007 – Approximately 3,700 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) lost power Thursday morning following a construction accident. No injuries were reported.

At 9:00 a.m., a steel static wire being removed by a utility contractor fell and struck two 13,200-volt primary feeder lines located beneath it. The resulting outage affected 2,405 customers in the vicinity of Boggy Creek Road, Highway 192 and Neptune Road.

After pinpointing the required repair, KUA crews at 9:33 a.m. took out of service a third electrical feeder serving 1,289 customers to ensure a safe working environment.

Power was restored to all customers at 10:01 a.m.

Those customers affected by the outage included the Osceola County Jail, Osceola County Health Department, Osceola District School offices, Adult Learning Center Osceola, Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO), Osceola Heritage Park, Florida Christian College and Neptune Middle School.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com