KUA Restores 96 Percent of Customers; Less Than 2,500 To Go

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 24, 7:45 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews worked throughout the day and into the night on Tuesday to restore power to customers across Osceola County. The utility reported Tuesday evening that 2,488 customers remain without power as a result of Hurricane Charley. As Central Florida’s hardest hit utility, KUA has successfully restored electric service to 55,512 customers capable of receiving power, or approximately 96 percent.

To aid those customers still without electric service, utility employees on Tuesday distributed 32,000 bottles of water and 1,500 bags of ice bringing the two-day total to 64,000 bottles of water and 4,600 bags of ice.

KUA now has seven times the normal number of crews working to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, including crews from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Keys Energy Services, Lakeland Electric and the City of Vero Beach as well as contractor crews from Southeast Power Corporation, Kohler, MasTec, MEAG Power, Overland Construction Services and Sumter Utilities. 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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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