For immediate release: May 28, 2019
Contact: Office of the City Manager
352-728-9786 ext 1100
Leesburg Electric Department receives national commendations
In September 2018 Leesburg Electric sent an eight member team to assist Greenville Utilities in North Carolina recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The same team also provided support to the nearby town of Red Springs during their restoration efforts.
Just a few weeks later, another crew with ten line workers went to Tallahassee to help restore power to areas devastated by Hurricane Michael. When their work in Tallahassee was done, they redeployed to Chattahoochee which had also suffered catastrophic damage to their power system from the category 5 storm.
An American Public Power Association Mutual Aid Commendation was presented in recognition of the department’s response to each of these communities.
“Although the effects of natural disasters can be overwhelming, it is times like these that demonstrate public power is at its best. Through our Mutual Aid Agreements we can assist other communities to restore energy quickly and safely,” said City Manager Al Minner.
Leesburg Electric participates in the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Network, which coordinates with utilities and authorities nationwide during widespread power outages.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg is also a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.