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UPDATE: LCEC, FPL report on power outages

September 19, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

UPDATE:

Progress continues toward restoring power to the remaining 7 percent of LCEC customers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Broward counties, officials reported today. Crews will continue to work until everyone's power has been restored.

While pockets of customers still remain without power, 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 restored by tonight.

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LCEC - UPDATED (9/19/17)

There will be a small number of customers needing more complex repairs in each area and crews will continue to work aggressively to address each isolated outage. LCEC understands it is frustrating for these customers to see power all around them, but they can rest assured crews will continue to work in their location until all power has been restored.

Most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres, where the hurricane impacted the electric system the hardest, can expect restoration by Sept. 22. There will be customers in these areas who may have damage to the infrastructure serving their specific location that will take longer to repair.

The LCEC restoration plan, matching most utility response plans, entails five steps:

- Damage assessment - which continues throughout the plan

- Repair of main power lines and critical infrastructure

- Restoration in areas that require the least repair to get the largest number restored

- Return to repair smaller outages requiring more work - in hundreds of neighborhoods

- Follow-up to address specific important issues once restoration is completed

If the only one on their street with no power, customers should:

- Check to be sure their breaker is on.

- If pipes or wires at the meter box are bent or broken, a licensed electrician must make repairs so that LCEC can restore power. Permits are not needed for emergency restoration but government inspections will be needed once power has been restored to ensure safety.

- If the meter is damaged, LCEC will replace it to restore power.

- Call 239-656-2300 and report an outage on the automated phone line, so localized damage can be tracked and addressed.

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ORIGINAL:

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

LCEC

Restoration will continue in all parts of the service territory until power is restored to everyone, LCEC officials said today. Ninety-two percent of LCEC customers woke up with power this morning.

Around the clock, LCEC and hundreds of restoration workers, have been working to restore power to the 170,000 customers across the five-county LCEC territory that lost power after Hurricane Irma. Approximately 18,200 customers throughout the five-county LCEC territory remain without power.

By tonight, 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 still out of power in those areas, may have more localized damage to the infrastructure serving their specific location and could be out a bit longer while crews address the isolated outages.

Most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres, where the hurricane impacted the electric system the hardest, can expect restoration by Sept. 22. There will be customers in these areas who may have damage to the infrastructure serving their specific location that will take longer to repair.

The LCEC restoration plan, matching most utility response plans, entails five steps:

- Damage assessment - which continues throughout the plan

- Repair of main power lines and critical infrastructure

- Restoration in areas that require the least repair to get the largest number restored

- Return to repair smaller outages requiring more work - in hundreds of neighborhoods

- Follow-up to address specific important issues once restoration is completed

If the only one on their street with no power, customers should:

- Check to be sure their breaker is on.

- If pipes or wires at the meter box are bent or broken, a licensed electrician must make repairs so that LCEC can restore power. Permits are not needed for emergency restoration but government inspections will be needed once power has been restored to ensure safety.

- If the meter is damaged, LCEC will replace it to restore power.

- Call 239-656-2300 and report an outage on the automated phone line, so localized damage can be tracked and addressed.

FPL

Florida Power & Light Company has restored service to more than 4.3 million customers, or more than 97 percent of the 4.4 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. Roughly 130,000 customers remain without power, FPL officials said Sept. 18.

In Southwest Florida, power restoration is 85 percent complete or higher in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Glades counties. Hendry County is 75 percent restored and more than 78 percent of customers are restored in Collier County, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage.

Restoration continues on track for all counties. Estimated times of restoration by county can be viewed at: FPL.com/powertracker. Exceptions could occur in areas throughout Florida that were impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding, and heavy tree and debris damage. There may also be instances in which a customer's home or business is structurally damaged and unable to safely accept power.

"Our expanded workforce of thousands of employees, contractors and partners from across the country and Canada continue to work around the clock to restore service to every customer who remains without power," Eric Silagy, president and chief executive officer, said. "While our restoration crews continue to make progress, we are keenly aware that customer patience for those without their lights and air conditioning tonight is beyond worn thin. We sincerely appreciate the support and understanding our crews are receiving from so many, including those who have been without power since Irma struck. We remain firm in our commitment that we will not let up until everyone's lights are back on."

Customers may experience limited outages over the coming weeks and months due to weakened trees and branches that could impact power lines and electric equipment. FPL crews will continue to make needed repairs as they are identified.

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.a

 
 

 

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