FPUA Working to Restore Power in the Wake of Nicole
Fort Pierce - Thursday, November 10, 2022: The Fort Pierce Utility Authority (FPUA) says there were 1,465 reported power outages during the passage of Nicole.
FPUA says crews have been deployed to the areas impacted and power will be restored in a priority order to ensure essential facilities and services are restored first, followed by areas where the greatest concentrations of customers are located.
“Restoring power as safely, as quickly and to as many people as possible is our top priority,” said Javier Cisneros, FPUA Director of Utilities. “We appreciate the efforts of our crews who undertake the important and dangerous task of restoration and recovery in Fort Pierce.”
FPUA crews’ first responsibility is to identify downed lines and de-energize, or shut off power to, those lines so they can be safely and efficiently repaired. Repairs to power plants, transmission lines, substations and main distribution lines will then be made so the power restoration process can begin.
Once the main power lines are repaired, crews turn their attention to customer outages. Priorities in restoration include essential facilities, such as hospitals, fire stations, police departments, water pumping stations and communications facilities, as well as vulnerable populations, such as nursing home residents and those with special medical needs.
Businesses and residential areas are the next top priority for power restoration. Restoring power to businesses provides key services to residents and minimizes economic loss to the community. The priority order for restoration to neighborhoods and other residential areas is determined by the number of people located in those areas with the goal of restoring the greatest number of people as quickly as possible.
Customers who are experiencing power outages are asked to report outages by calling FPUA Customer Service at 772-466-1600, ext. 3900. Outage information can be obtained at the FPUA Outage Map at this link: www.FPUA.com/OutageMap
About FPUA: Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is a municipal, not-for-profit utility provider. Public utility systems are owned by the people they serve. All benefits from our locally controlled utility remain right here in the community.
Additional information is available at www.fpua.com.