posted on May 09, 2019 10:36
Kerrville, Texas, May 9, 2019— Kerrville Public Utility Board has received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its 2017 support in electric power restoration efforts with cities impacted by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.
On September 10, 2017, Kerrville Public Utility Board sent two of its crews to assist the City of Bartow in response to widespread outages the city experienced as a result of Hurricane Irma hitting across the state of Florida. Upon landfall, this was a category 4 hurricane with sustained gusts up to 150 mph that caused widespread destruction and power outages statewide that affected nearly 7 million homes and businesses.
Upon completion of the crew’s restoration efforts in the City of Bartow, they were then requested to assist in restoration efforts in New Smyrna Beach and Lakeland, Florida, too.
“KPUB’s lineman and apprentices worked long, hard days in hot mosquito-infested areas to restore power to cities affected by this devastating hurricane,” said Larry Lee, KPUB general foreman. “The work was not easy, but it was incredibly rewarding because the communities that we provided aid to were so grateful and accommodating to us. Every one of our crew members left humbled at how quickly life can change—it was an experience that we will never forget.”
The crews returned to Kerrville on September 22, 2019, after successfully helping to restore power to a total of three cities afflicted by the hurricane.
“Helping with events like this gives our personnel valuable experience in dealing with widespread outages,” said Mike Wittler, general manager and CEO of KPUB. “I hope that we never need the experience here in Kerrville, but it is good to know that our personnel is ready to handle major events and that we can call on the network of public power utilities from across the nation if we ever need their help.”
For more information on Kerrville Public Utility Board and its commitment to mutual aid, visit www.kpub.com or PublicPower.org/MutualAid.
Photo cutline: Kerrville Public Utility Board received a national commendation for its restoration response efforts after Hurricane Irma. Pictured are some of the employees who assisted in the restoration efforts, left to right: Mike Wittler, Michael Martinez, David Burley, Tyrel Triesch, Toby Geurin, Larry Lee and Lisa DeWitt.
Photo credit: KPUB staff (courtesy)