KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 23, 5:00 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews worked throughout the day on Monday to restore power to customers across Osceola County. The utility reported Monday afternoon that 5,600 customers remain without power as a result of Hurricane Charley. As Central Florida’s hardest hit utility, KUA has successfully restored electric service to 52,400 customers capable of receiving power, or approximately 90 percent.
Although hampered by eight consecutive days of thunderstorms and lightning, crews on Monday conducted pole-by-pole inspections of outage areas to identify isolated outages not caused by damage to homes, weatherheads or meter bases.
To aid those customers still without electric service, utility employees on Monday distributed 32,000 bottles of water and 3,100 bags of ice.
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 Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Keys Energy Services, Lakeland Electric and the City of Vero Beach as well as contractor crews from Southeast Power Corporation, Kohler, MasTec, MEAG Power and Overland Construction Services. Additional tree trimming crews have been supplied by Asplundh and Wolf Tree.
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