KUA Restoration Pushes On Despite Severe Weather

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 22, 11:30 am – As Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) began its ninth day of rebuilding and restoration, the utility reported Sunday morning that 7,500 customers remain without power as a result of Hurricane Charley. As Central Florida’s hardest hit utility, KUA has successfully restored electric service to 50,500 customers capable of receiving power, or 87 percent.

Severe thunderstorms in Osceola County on Saturday slowed the work of service crews.

Because of catastrophic damage in several areas of KUA’s service territory, the following areas should not expect to have power restored until sometime later this week:
– Hoagland Blvd. from Pershing Street to Airport Industrial Park
– Harbor Road
– Clay Street from Third Ave. to the intersection of Pleasant Hill Rd. and Hoagland Blvd.
– Areas around intersection of Clay St., Penfield, Clyde Ave.
– Oak St. from Park St. (east of railroad tracks) to Highway 192
– Austin Tindal Park and Great Oaks Blvd. areas

Customers in these areas as well as isolated outage areas around Osceola County may want to consider moving themselves and their families — especially those with special needs — to an alternate location during the extended outages.

Customers who have experienced electrical damage to their home, such as to their weatherhead or meter base, should contact a licensed electrician to make the necessary repairs. Customers should contact KUA once those repairs have been made.

KUA currently has five times the normal number of crews working to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, including crews from Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Key West, Lakeland and Vero Beach as well as contractor crews from Southeast Power Corporation, Kohler, MasTec, MEAG Power and Overland Construction Services. Additional tree trimming crews have been supplied by Asplundh and Wolf Tree.
 
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric service to 58,000 customers in Osceola County.

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Editor’s Note: KUA President & General Manager Jim Welsh is available for field interviews today upon request. Please call 407-414-3349 to coordinate.

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Chris M. Gent
Manager of Corporate Communications
Kissimmee Utility Authority
1701 W. Carroll Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-6804
(407) 933-7777, ext. 1116
Fax (407) 933-1761
cgent@kua.com