City of Henderson Announcements

Posted on: September 13, 2017

HMPL crews helping out in Florida after Hurricane Irma leaves much of state powerless

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HENDERSON, Ky. -- Two crews and a supervisor from Henderson Municipal Power & Light have mobilized to assist with restoring electrical service in the state of Florida.

More than 3.3 million homes and businesses were left in the dark over the  weekend when the massive Hurricane Irma plowed across the length of  Florida, impacting most of the state. Florida Power & Light said it  will likely be weeks before electricity is fully restored.

HMPL General Manager Chris Heimgartner said he expects his personnel to be  assisting with power restoration for about two weeks. They are stationed  at Gainesville, Fla.

The local utility is part of a  mutual aid network. Crews began staging in strategic areas long before  Irma passed through, awaiting their assignments for deployment after the  storm, according to the American Public Power Association.

In  addition to Kentucky, mutual aid crews from Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma,  Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee,  Alabama, Georgia and New England have responded.

“This will probably be the largest utility restoration and rebuild  project in the history of the United States,” said Roseann Harrington,  vice president of marketing at  the Orlando Utilities Commission, in a  video posted Sept. 12 by the Orlando Sentinel.

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