Fallen Trees Slow KUA Restoration Efforts

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 20, 8:00 pm – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews and crews from throughout the Southeast continue their efforts to restore power to customers across Osceola County. Crews spent today:

–         Successfully restoring electric service to all Osceola County public and charter schools
–         Cutting away hundreds of fallen oak and pine trees as well as trees that uprooted underground power lines and transformers
–         Bringing additional feeders online
–         Balancing the electrical load to prevent system overloads

The utility has restored electric service to 49,000 customers capable of receiving power, or 84.5 percent of those who lost power when Hurricane Charley battered Florida one week ago tonight. As of 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9,000 KUA customers remained without power.

Although the majority of KUA customers should have power by this weekend, catastrophic tree damage in several areas of KUA’s service territory will leave the following areas without service until sometime next 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. As KUA continues to bring up portions of the electric system, small or isolated outages are also possible throughout areas already restored.

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 were supplied by Asplundh and Wolf Tree.

Restoration efforts will continue throughout the weekend and all KUA employees will report to work on both Saturday and Sunday.

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