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LCEC, FPL report on power outages

September 18, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Electric Cooperative and Florida Power & Light Company have released the following updates regarding power outages following Hurricane Irma.

LCEC

The Lee County Electric Cooperative plan, matching most utility restoration plans, requires that main power lines and critical infrastructure be restored first, officials said today.

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LCEC update (9/18/17)

Once accomplished, crews were able to repair smaller outages in hundreds of neighborhoods across the five-county LCEC territory. LCEC will have crews in all parts of the service territory until all customers have been restored.

LCEC and hundreds of restoration workers have been working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the 170,000 customers that lost power after Irma. About 24,700 customers throughout the five-county LCEC territory remain without power and crews are aggressively working to fix that.

By Sept. 19, most power in the areas of North Fort Myers, Pine Island, St. James City, Bokeelia, Useppa, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Goodland, and Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Miles City, Monroe Station, Port of the Islands are expected to be essentially restored.

Customers in areas who are still out of power, may have more localized damage to the infrastructure serving their specific location. Additionally, most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres - the most impacted areas by the hurricane - can expect restoration by Sept. 22.

Crews will continue to work in all parts of the service territory until power is restored to everyone.

FPL

Florida Power & Light Company continues aggressively working to restore power to the remaining customers who are still without power as a result of Hurricane Irma, officials reported Sept. 17.

The company has restored power to more than 4.1 million customers within six days and remains focused on the remaining 300,000 customers affected.

In Southwest Florida, Lee and Glades counties are nearly 85 percent restored and are projected to be essentially complete by Sept. 21. More than 65 percent of customers in Collier, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage, are restored; FPL expects to be essentially complete Sept. 22.

Exceptions could occur in areas throughout Florida that are impacted by unusual circumstances such as tornadoes, severe flooding, heavy tree and debris damage. There may also be instances in which a customer's home or business is unable to safely accept power.

"To our customers without power, I want you to know that we understand how frustrating it can be, and we will not stop until everyone's lights are back on," Silagy said. "I also want to thank the many community partners that continue to assist us in restoration efforts; without your support, the enormous task we face to restore power to nearly 4.4 million customers would be even harder. But as we often see in tough times, Floridians continue to work together to come back stronger than ever."

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. These sites provide charging stations, water, Wi-Fi, ice, community service and restoration information, and customer service assistance.Visit: FPL.com/powertracker to see locations and times.

 
 

 

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