KUA Joins Hurricane Katrina Restoration Effort

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Kissimmee Utility Authority crews will depart for Key West, Fla. on Saturday, Aug. 27 to assist in the restoration of power.

Kissimmee, Fla., August 26, 9:30 p.m. – Responding to a request from a storm-battered utility, crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will travel to south Florida on Saturday to assist in the restoration of power.

Keys Energy Services, a municipal utility based in Key West, made a special request for KUA crews after Hurricane Katrina devastated the island on Friday. The utility is still determining the extent of damage to its electric system.

KUA linemen will depart at 5 a.m. Saturday from the utility's service center located at 2850 N. John Young Parkway in Kissimmee.

On Thursday, two contract tree trimming crews from KUA were sent to Miami to assist with power restoration. A third tree trimming crew was requested and sent Friday.

Founded in 1901, KUA (http://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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