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UPDATE: LCEC provides outage restoration report

September 14, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen


Crews continue to work on the worst part of the damage throughout the LCEC service territory and made gains today to bring the total number of customers restored to nearly 140,000.

As of 6 p.m. today, there are 6,380 customers in Lehigh Acres with power and 22,771 customers without, according to officials.

More restoration progress will be seen this week, according to officials.

In the coming weeks, the LCEC restoration team will focus on completely restoring the destruction Irma left behind. Additional line crews are expected to arrive Friday.

Crews worked in all parts of the service territory, including the hardest hit - Everglades City. Although no customers have been restored in that area yet, material, equipment and workers will be mobilized by Friday so that restoration can begin there also.

"We thank customers for their patience while waiting for their power to be restored and assure them that LCEC crews, out-of-state crews, employees, vendors, suppliers, media and volunteers are all working 24/7 to ensure all power is restored as quickly as possible," spokeswoman Karen Ryan said.



LCEC and its teams of out-of-town resources made a great deal of progress overnight.

As of 6 a.m. today, there are 5,397 customers in Lehigh Acres with power and 23,754 customers without, according to officials.

Crews from North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio and other states scattered to all parts of the LCEC service territory to conquer some of the most grueling jobs Wednesday.

The plan is to work on repairs to the main feeder lines that will get power to lines serving homes and businesses. Some customers may not have seen trucks on their street, but that is because repairs must be completed downline before the power can get to businesses and neighborhoods.

In many areas, they will begin to see trucks and more power restorations today. These are the areas where crews will begin to work on the lines that tap off of the main feeders and lead directly to customer locations.

Crews will concentrate on areas where they can get the largest number of customers connected at one time, then they will go to the more demanding jobs. They will not stop or slow down in any area until all customers' power has been restored.

Work on the Everglades City infrastructure will continue so that progress can be made in that areas as soon as possible also.

Source: Lee County Electric Cooperative



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