KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 25, 2017 – After several days of intense work in the storm-battered city of Tallahassee, power crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority return home to Central Florida today.
The utility sent 16 linemen, a convoy of 10 vehicles and several tons of equipment on Jan. 23 to assist Florida’s capital city with the restoration of electricity, following an outbreak of severe weather this past weekend. The linemen worked alongside power crews from Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and Ocala.
More than 30,000 residents or 25 percent of Tallahassee’s 118,000 electric customers lost power during the peak of the storm on Sunday.
Those who traveled from KUA included Nick Aviles, George Blair, Jamie Boswell, Alan Burkhardt, Clay Campbell, Brian Cutcher, Austin Franey, Matt Glad, Ryan Henderson, Dustin Kelley, Brendan Laflamme, Logan Murphy, Billy Sutphin, Paul Therriault, Billy White and Dave Wolfe.
This was the second trip for KUA crews to Tallahassee in recent months, having spent eight, 16-hour days in September helping to rebuild its electric system following Hurricane Hermine.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.