KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 9, 2016 – Utility crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority are en route to Orangeburg, South Carolina this afternoon to help restore power in an area devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
KUA sent 11 linemen, a convoy of 10 vehicles and several thousand pounds of supplies to assist the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities with the restoration of electricity. About 20,431 customers of the city were without power at 1 p.m. Saturday, the peak of the outage. Approximately 13,000 customers remain without power this afternoon.
“Inside the city limits we have lines down and poles snapped,” said Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities spokesperson Randy Etters. “The roads are impassable. There is a lot of vegetation that has been destroyed and it has destroyed a lot of infrastructure.”
Those who traveled from KUA include Brian Cutcher, Austin Franey, Aaron Haderle, Alberto Mercado, Tony Nasco, Luis Santiago, Willie Simmons, Billy Sutphin, Mike Taylor, Billy White and Jason Wright.
Orangeburg, also known as “The Garden City,” is the principal city in and the county seat of Orangeburg County. The city is located 37 miles southeast of Columbia, on the north fork of the Edisto River.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.