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OUC Sends Mutual Aid to Tallahassee for Hurricane Idalia

Aug 30, 2023

19 Employees Head North to Support Power Restoration Efforts

Idalia trucks

ORLANDO, Fla. – Earlier today, OUC— The Reliable One sent three crews totaling 19 employees on a mutual aid mission to help the City of Tallahassee Utilities restore power after Hurricane Idalia’s impact.

Traveling in a convoy of 15 vehicles, OUC crews departed from the Pershing Operations Center on Wednesday afternoon. The crews are led by Jeff Cockcroft, OUC Line Supervisor, and include a total of 18 linemen and one mechanic who will assist with restoration efforts.

“It’s important that we’re there to support each other in times of need,” said Chris Taylor, OUC Manager of Construction & Maintenance. “We’re lucky to have had minimal damage here in Orlando, so our technicians were available and more than happy to answer the call for assistance. Being The Reliable One means our fellow utilities can count on us, too.”

OUC crews will stay as long as needed to restore power quickly and safely.

Idalia Linemen Crew
OUC sent 19 employees – 18 line technicians and a fleet mechanic – to help the City of Tallahassee Utilities restore power to customers.

Follow information regarding OUC’s assistance with restoration efforts on OUC’s Facebook page.

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In June 2023, OUC—The Reliable One celebrated 100 years of providing exceptional value to our customers and community through the delivery of sustainable and reliable solutions. Services including electric, water, chilled water, lighting and solar are provided to more than 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. As OUC prepares for the next century, the utility remains committed to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while supporting its community with conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency resourcesVisit to learn more.