KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 10, 2016 – After eight, 16-hour days rebuilding the electric system in Tallahassee following Hurricane Hermine, Kissimmee Utility Authority crews began their journey back to Central Florida Saturday morning.
As part of KUA’s mutual-aid agreement with utilities across the state, the utility sent 11 linemen and a convoy of vehicles and supplies to assist crews in Tallahassee.
The utility crews spent the past week alongside power crews from the city of Tallahassee, Orlando Utilities Commission, Lakeland Electric, JEA (Jacksonville), Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Keys Energy Services (Key West), Gulf Power Company, Lafayette Utilities System (Louisiana) and the cities of Bartow and Thomasville, Georgia to restore power to Florida’s capital city, following a devastating blow from Hurricane Hermine on Sept. 2.
More than 80 percent of Tallahassee’s electric system was damaged in the storm, leaving 75,000 residents and businesses without power.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.