Columbus, Neb. - An 18-man contingent of line technicians and supervisory staff from Nebraska Public Power District will be hitting the road Friday morning, journeying to Florida in anticipation of restoring expected power outages from Hurricane Dorian, that is anticipated to make landfall Monday.
At the request of the American Public Power Association, NPPD crews will assist in restoration work for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), a public power entity. The NPPD crews were asked to arrive prior to the hurricane making landfall so that once the storm has passed the power restoration process can begin. OUC serves approximately 225,000 customers and is the 14th largest municipal utility in the country.
The contingent from NPPD will also be utilizing 18 vehicles, including a digger truck, two small bucket trucks and two large bucket trucks, five pickups, plus trailers and all terrain utility vehicles. Including six days of travel to and from Orlando, the crews are expected to be out of state for approximately two weeks.
Line technicians from Plattsmouth, Geneva, York, O’Neill, Norfolk, Ogallala, Atkinson, Creighton, Hartington, Scottsbluff, Chadron, and Lexington will make the journey. Crews are expected to leave prior to 8 a.m. Friday morning from NPPD’s York Operations Center (907 W. 25th Street, York) and expect to arrive Sunday in Orlando.