KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 14, 2012 – More than two weeks after being dispatched to the hurricane-ravaged Northeast, with the last couple of days and nights spent battling heavy snow and cold winds from a bitter nor’easter, line crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority are returning home.
After successfully restoring power in both Pennsylvania and New York, the crews were released from storm duty Tuesday evening by the Long Island Power Authority. KUA’s crews were part of an army of more than 8,000 linemen and tree trimmers from across the country that helped restore power to more than 1.1 million LIPA customers on Long Island.
KUA’s crews were summoned Oct. 30 by PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, Penn. to help restore power in the Lehigh Valley following Hurricane Sandy. After completing restoration efforts there, the crews moved on to New York to assist LIPA with hurricane restoration and additional damage caused by a powerful nor’easter.
In total, more than 8.6 million homes and businesses lost power during the two storms, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
KUA’s crews departed Smithtown, New York this morning for their trip back to Kissimmee. They are expected to arrive back on Thursday.
The following is a list of KUA linemen who were part of the restoration effort:
George Blair, line crew supervisor
Clay Campbell, lineman
Brent Davis, lineman
Paul Fielitz, lineman first class
Stetson Kent, groundman
Chris Ketner, lineman first class
Alberto Mercado, lineman first class
Josh Miller, lineman
Logan Murphy, line crew supervisor
Rodney Rocker, line crew supervisor
Chad Sullivan, apprentice lineman
Mike Taylor, lineman first class
Billy White, apprentice lineman
Dave Wolfe, lineman first class
Jason Wright, lineman first class
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent