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Bridge Foundation Leads Hurricane Frances Effort in Florida

Thursday, 23 September 2004 00:00

New Canaan, CT - Bridge Foundation began its response to Hurricane Frances on Friday September 3, 2004. An advance team arrived in Vero Beach, Florida prior to the hurricanes arrival the following evening. Four high capacity Generators had been pre-positioned in anticipation of Frances' landfall along Florida's Treasure coast.


The first generator was used in Palm Bay, Florida by the City of Palm Bay Utilities Plant. The generator was used to restart electrical grid substations as well as power several water pumping stations.

Two additional generators were utilized at the Port Saint Lucie Primeville Utilities Plant. The generators were used to provide power to several water wells and pumping stations enabling St. Lucie County residents to receive potable water hours after Hurricane Frances' devastating winds departed.

The Fourth generator was utilized at the Willie B. Ellis Police Sub Station of the Fort Pierce Police Department. This area is one of the poorest neighborhoods of Fort Pierce. Prior to the generators deployment, the police station had been shut down.

Bridge Foundation principals, Stephen Skakel and Andrew Hannah have spent the last six weeks on the ground in Florida and Alabama overseeing the delivery and installation of the electrical generation systems as well as leading clean up operations with volunteers from Stamford-based Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks company.

This donation marked the second in a series of projects to assist communities battered by the history setting hurricane season of 2004. Through Diageo's generosity and support, Bridge Foundation has responded in rapid succession to Florida and Alabama communities devastated by Hurricane's Charley, Frances and Ivan. Additionally, Bridge Foundation has airlifted more than 100,000 pounds of humanitarian assistance to the people of Grenada and Jamaica following Ivan's destructive path.

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