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Tallahassee Utilities Storm Damage Response Nears Completion after Two Days

Tony Guillen Jr. Tallahassee utilities
Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 05:44:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Its been over two days with no electricity for some in Tallahassee.

"I feel like they could've done more to come into this neighborhood because it is such a low-income neighborhood," said Jasmine Jenkins, a Tallahassee resident.

The City of Tallahassee Utilities is aware that they can't service everyone at the same time, but there is a method they follow. "If the hospitals are out of power, then we want to focus on getting them restored", said Tony Guillen Jr., Power Transmission & Distribution Manager of Tallahassee Utilities. "And then we start working our way basically to where the restoration brings back the largest number of customers."

Guillen says the repairs ranged anywhere from a large tree taking down poles, to singular services being affected by smaller trees. The city says that transformers were also damaged. Plus, delays are very possible. Thunderstorms that occur after the severe weather can cause even further delays in repair efforts by the city of tallahassee utlities, because of safety concerns.

"We just basically try to listen to their concerns", said Guillen. "We try to explain as best as we can, kind of how we're prioritizing our work and what issues we're dealing with."