Contractor Accident Leaves Downtown Kissimmee Without Power

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 24, 1:25 p.m. – A contractor hired to relocate a high-voltage power line for the new Lawrence Silas Boulevard in downtown Kissimmee struck the line this morning leaving approximately 1,000 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) without power for over an hour.

The overhead boom of a service truck owned by Glades Utility Services, Inc. struck the 13,200-volt line at 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

KUA crews were immediately dispatched and power was restored to 880 customers at 12:33 p.m. After additional repairs, the remaining 120 customers had their power restored at 1:13 p.m.

The outage affected residential and commercial customers in downtown Kissimmee, from Central Avenue east to Michigan Avenue and Vine Street south to the lakefront.

Lawrence Silas Boulevard, previously known as the Toho Extension, is a half-mile long road that will connect Neptune Road and Oak Street. It is named after a Kissimmee ranching pioneer.

Glades Utility Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Moore Haven-based Glades Electric Cooperative.

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) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com