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Moorhead Public Service Assists Municipal Utilities Affected by Hurricane Irma
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Release Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Moorhead Public Service Assists Municipal Utilities

Affected by Hurricane Irma

Four courageous Moorhead Public Service (MPS) linemen are providing mutual aid support to utilities affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida. A caravan of approximately 40 Minnesota municipal utility trucks and 80 lineworkers, coordinated by the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA), left for Florida on Friday, September 8, and are currently assisting municipal utilities in southern Florida as they restore power following the devastating Hurricane Irma.

The public power communities of Fort Meade, Lakeland, Bartow, Orlando, Kissimmee, and Jacksonville were all hit hard by the hurricane. MPS’ crew is currently working in Kissimmee. “This will probably be the largest utility restoration and rebuild project in the history of the United States,” said Roseann Harrington, Vice President of Marketing at the Orlando Utilities Commission, in a video posted September 12 by the Orlando Sentinel. “So we ask for everybody’s patience.”


MPS Linemen Ryan Nelson, Adam Viktora, Paul Steffen, and Don Rohlik, along with two MPS line trucks, are expected to remain in Florida for ten days to two weeks. The crews have experienced several challenges, including shortages of gasoline, traffic jams, and restricted access while attempting to enter Florida. Moorhead Public Service, along with many statewide and nationwide municipal utilities, operates under mutual aid agreements that help coordinate assistance and reimbursement for disasters. When Hurricane Irma is declared a federal disaster, MPS will be reimbursed for all expenses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). MPS Commission President Dave Anderson noted, “It's only a matter of time when our area will be hit with a natural disaster and we may need help. It’s also the right thing to do.”


Joe Moore, MPS Electric Operations Manager, has been busy coordinating the effort for Moorhead Public Service. MPS also appreciates and recognizes its employees who stayed here to continue the work that needs to be completed at home here in Moorhead. Our thoughts of safety and protection go out to all those in Florida and to those at home doing this important work.

2017-0913 Moorhead Public Service Assists Municipal Utilities Affected by Hurricane Irma - PIC

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Please contact the following individual(s) for more information:

Joe Moore, Electric Operations Manager

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8083

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Bill Schwandt, General Manager

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8004

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