KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 8, 2008 – Approximately 5,100 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) lost power for 70 minutes Tuesday afternoon following a construction accident in downtown Kissimmee. No injuries were reported.
At 2:24 p.m., crews from utility contractor Glades Utility Services, Inc. were stringing overhead steel cable at the intersection of Ruby Avenue and Johnston Street when the line was dropped into the distribution circuit below, knocking out five 13,200-volt primary feeder lines.
The resulting outage affected customers in downtown Kissimmee and in the areas of Neptune Road, Kings Highway, Partin Settlement Road, Oak Street, Michigan Avenue and Mill Slough.
Repairs were made by KUA crews and all power was restored at 3:35 p.m.
Glades Utility Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Moore Haven-based Glades Electric Cooperative.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent