The six linemen and support personnel that left Kissimmee Utility Authority this morning and headed directly to the Orlando International Airport to board their flight to San Juan Puerto Rico have landed safely in Puerto Rico.
From there they will reunite with their KUA trucks and power restoration equipment and then begin assisting in restoring power to the island that was ravaged by Hurricane Irma. The KUA workers will be in Puerto Rico approximately 30 days, at which point a new team of KUA linemen fly into Puerto Rico to replace them.
Puerto Rico lost 100% of its electrical grid after a direct hit from Hurricane Maria on September 20. 83% of residents of the island’s residents are still without power. The U.S. Department of Energy is coordinating closely with FEMA, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support restoration efforts and facilitate mutual aid. KUA is assisting as a mutual aid utility.
Positively Osceola will continue to share their progress as information becomes available.