After helping to restore power to thousands of residents in New England, OUC crews returned safely Wednesday just after 3 p.m. A caravan of 14 OUC trucks carrying 18 employees traveled more than 2,500 miles roundtrip from Orlando to Providence, RI to help National Grid restore power and rebuild infrastructure. In addition to the four days of driving, they spent three long days helping get the lights back on after Hurricane Irene swept through New England last week
18 Employees, 14 Trucks En Route to Northeast in Wake of Irene
Orlando – Eighteen OUC employees and 14 vehicles left Orlando at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday to travel to Lincoln, RI – just outside Providence – to help restore power after Hurricane Irene left hundreds of thousands of residents in the Northeast in the dark last weekend.
The crews will travel more than 1,250 miles to assist National Grid, which provides power to about 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Hampshire. OUC crews expect to arrive in time to begin work on Saturday and assist for three days before returning home to Central Florida. As of Wednesday night, National Grid was reporting that they had restored power to nearly 75 percent of their RI customers.
OUC–The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.