KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 15, 2016 – After a week of work in the hurricane-ravaged community of Orangeburg, South Carolina, power crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority return home to Central Florida today.
KUA sent 11 linemen, a convoy of 10 vehicles and several thousand pounds of supplies on Oct. 9 to assist the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities with the restoration of electricity. More than 83 percent of DPU’s electric system was damaged by the storm on Oct. 8, leaving 20,000 residents and businesses without power. Power to the last customer was restored this morning.
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.