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PPS Crew to Provide Hurricane Recovery Assistance
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - A crew from Paducah Power System will provide hurricane recovery assistance in northern Florida.

PPS accepted a request from the city of Tallahassee Electric Utility to help with power outages expected from Hurricane Michael. Tallahassee serves almost 118,000 electrical customers.

The six-man PPS crew will leave Wednesday morning and drive directly to Tallahassee. They hope to arrive shortly after the storm has pushed through the city. They will take a bucket truck, a truck to set poles and a foreman’s truck.

Paducah Power provides mutual aid to other municipal electric utilities when possible and has previously sent crews to areas damaged by hurricanes. Crews worked in Homestead, Florida last September following Hurricane Irma, in 2004 following Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne and in 2005 after Hurricane Wilma.

They also assisted Memphis Light, Gas and Water in 2005 when remnants of Katrina caused damage there. More recently, they worked last March in New York, following destructive winter storms.

“We always try to help other utilities when we get the call because we remember how valuable that aid was to us during the 2009 ice storm,” said Dave Carroll, PPS General Manager. “We know, firsthand, the value of mutual aid.”

The length of the crew’s stay is indefinite.

Published 11:40 AM, Tuesday Oct. 09, 2018
Updated 05:32 AM, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018

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