LCEC: Power restored to 72 percent of customers
As of 6 a.m. Friday, LCEC has restored power to nearly 75 percent of its 214,848 customers across Southwest Florida.
Restoration efforts continue throughout the LCEC five-county service territory.
” LCEC is working around the clock so that customers can get their lives back to normal and begin to recover from Hurricane Irma. Work will continue until every customer has power<" the co-op said in a statement released Friday morning.
“More than 1,000 resources will be working today to help with restoration efforts,” the statement reads. “We ask that customers remain patient and allow crews to conduct restoration efforts as they begin to work their way into neighborhoods.”
As of 6 a.m.:
Marco Island, 5,495 outages among 19,108 customers
Immokalee, 8,743 outages among 12,653
Everglades City, 3,139 outages among 3,143 customers
Lehigh Acres, 21,435 outages among 29,151 customers
North Fort Myers, 8,804 outages among 50,588 customers
Cape Coral, 9,187 outages among 82,216 customers
Pine Island, 2,437 outages among 7,098 customers
Sanibel, 1,912 outages among 10,891 customers
Total: 61,152 outages (28%) among 214,848 customers
LCEC: Power restored to 65 percent of customers
Electrical line crews from a dozen states have arrived to help LCEC crews restore power to the utility’s remaining customers still without it in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Crews from North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio and other states are scattered throughout the LCEC service territory, working around the clock on one of the most grueling jobs imaginable.
“We are very proud of the work that is going on and all who are supporting that effort,” said LCEC spokesperson Karen Ryan. “We are working 24/7. Power is coming back on quickly to those customers in areas with less damage, like Cape Coral.”
More than 500 crews must first make repairs to main feeder lines in order to get power to lines serving neighborhood homes and businesses.
“Some areas with the most damage will take a long time to restore power,” Ryan said. “In many areas, people will begin to see trucks with more power restorations today.”
Crews are concentrating on areas where they can restore power to the largest number of customers at the same time before moving on to more challenging jobs. Crews will not stop or slow down in any area until all customers have power.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the number of LCEC customers in its five-county service territory still without power had been trimmed to 35 percent. In Cape Coral, 13,368 customers were still waiting for the power to come back on.
LCEC has restored power to 65 percent of customers in its service area over the past three days. Outage update as of 6 p.m. Thursday in the following LCEC service areas:
Marco Island, 6,686 outages among 19,108 customers
Immokalee, 9,111 outages among 12,653
Everglades City, 3,143 outages (all customers)
Lehigh Acres, 22,771 outages among 29,151 customers
North Fort Myers, 11,045 outages among 50,588 customers
Cape Coral, 13,368 outages among 82,216 customers
Pine Island, 2,866 outages among 7,098 customers
Sanibel, 6,265 outages among 10,891 customers
Total: 84,552 outages (39%) among 214,848 customers
LCEC customers are asked to keep the phone lines clear for calls pinpointing downed power poles and lines. To report downed power lines call 239-656-2300.
Before reporting an individual home without power, check the main breaker first in case it was turned off before the storm.