LES workers headed to Florida to help with Hurricane Matthew

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom


Lincoln Electric System is deploying staff and vehicles to help Florida public power utilities with anticipated power restoration efforts due to Hurricane Matthew.

This hurricane is a significant storm that currently is moving north-northwest through the Atlantic as a category-4 hurricane.

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will re-strengthen and will reach Florida late Thursday or early Friday.

Thirteen LES employees with seven trucks will report to Vero Beach, Florida.

Electric utilities in the path of the storm have been preparing for days. They are pre-staging restoration workers and equipment now, and are directly coordinating preparation and response efforts with their state governments and local officials. ?

Strong winds have the potential to cause significant power outages,” said Dan Pudenz, vice president of Energy Delivery. “Our crews will work diligently to assist another public utility during its time of need.”

Safety is our industry’s number one priority, and the team is ready to respond to any power outages once conditions are safe to do so, Pudenz said.

The American Public Power Association, comprised of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities in the United States, helped to coordinate this assistance effort. LES is a member of this mutual aid network.

You can follow LES on Facebook and Twitter to view LES storm assistance updates.

We’ll have more on this story tonight at 5, 6 and 10 o’clock.