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RPU to send crew to Kissimmee, Florida to help with Hurricane Irma response

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will send a crew of lineworkers to Kissimmee, Florida to help with the Hurricane Irma response. The lineworkers plan to leave on Saturday morning and could be away for up to three weeks depending on hurricane damage and crew response for restoration efforts.

The RPU crew will leave from the RPU Service Center along with approximately 15 other Minnesota municipal line crews, before heading to meet with Wisconsin crews on their way south to Florida. The RPU crew will bring along a bucket truck with a 55 foot boom and a digger derrick truck used for setting utility poles.

The media is invited to meet with the RPU crew before they depart on Saturday morning. Interested media outlets can arrive at the RPU Service Center gate along East River Road at 8:30 a.m. No admittance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m.

RPU will share updates and photos from the crew on their Facebook page. For more information regarding the response effort, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534 or 507.398.7250 (cell).


About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.