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DFS Addresses Hurricane Irma Damages

Hurricane Irma was a huge, Category 5 storm before it slammed into the Florida Keys in September, 2017. The damage to the chain of small islands was devastating. DFS immediately began receiving calls for help from South Florida utilities, but none were as desperate as the call from Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, whose assets stretch 93 miles along the Florida Straits, from Key Largo to Key West.

DFS dispatched our most experienced work crew in a 42 foot long RV, prepared to work 12-16 hour days for as long as it took to help get the utility back on its feet. Over several weeks, DFS personnel inspected and/or rehabilitated 58 different SCADA installations. They repaired and replaced antennas and masts and corrected azimuth headings, replaced damaged TCUs, reestablished grounds, repaired coax cable, replaced fuses, reset floats, repaired indicator lights and worked with the utility to rehab their control panels. All of the utility’s major assets were returned to full working order.

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