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LCEC: 176,700 customers with power

September 17, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

LCEC crews and out-of-state workers continued with restoration of critical infrastructure and much of the more difficult areas to restore in all parts of the five-county LCEC service territory, officials said.

The work in the hard-hit areas of Lehigh Acres to fix the main circuit feeders so that trucks can begin to work in the neighborhoods has been ongoing and in many parts requires rebuilding and not just repairing. Damage to the system serving individual neighborhoods is extensive and will take time also.

Most customers can expect to have power restored by Sept. 22. There will be some locations that will need even more extensive repairs and could take longer.

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Crews also continued to work in the vast area of Immokalee with a goal of bringing more and more of the businesses back online so they can assist customers there, many of who lost everything.

Most customers can expect to have power restored by Sept. 22.

Most customers in other areas less-impacted, such as Everglades City, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Pine Island, Sanibel/Captiva, North Fort Myers, and surrounding areas will have power restored by the evening of Sept. 19.

As crews continue to make progress to repair the main circuit feeders that deliver power to residential areas, it will enable them to restore power to the areas with less damage. Crews will then address the remaining smaller pockets of outages that need more repair work in order to restore power.

During the final stages of the restoration plan, work on infrastructure within neighborhoods with more damage, requiring a great deal of time and effort and restoring power to only a few customers at a time, is completed and customers may see power on the next street over because repairs were not needed in that location.

"We appreciate the support and patience of our customers while the LCEC restoration team works 24/7 to restore power. LCEC is committed to working as quickly and as safely so that all customers have power as soon as possible," spokeswoman Karen Ryan said in a prepared statement.

Source: Lee County Electric Cooperative



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