October 15, 2018
Mutual aid crews, including our MGED crew and supervisor, have made outstanding progress helping electric customers in the Tallahassee area recover their electric service since Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle last Wednesday. According to an update from Florida Municipal Electric Association who is overseeing the effort, the city of Tallahassee is 90 percent restored. Since the call went out for mutual aid, there are 567 power restoration personnel from 16 states (including Florida) and 83 individual utilities helping to restore power to the public power utilities affected by Hurricane Michael.
The MGED crew arrived in Tallahassee on Friday with crews from 19 other New England utilities working through the Northeast Public Power Association to answer the call. We do not yet know when the aid crews will be released.However, when large populated areas are restored, local Florida crews will be more available to assist the neighboring areas that have been hardest hit and crews from significant distances are often released at that time.
FMEA reports: the Town of Havana, 100 percent of customers who can accept power have been restored.The cities of Quincy and Chattahoochee restored transmission lines yesterday enabling power restoration efforts to progress to essential facilities followed by business and residential customers. Currently, 74 percent of Chattahoochee’s customers are without power and 84 percent of Quincy’s customers are without power. The City of Blountstown has no transmission access and remains at 100 percent without power. Blountstown is actively working on a rebuild of its electric system now.