LCEC update: power stored to 82 percent of customers
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 through Sunday.
“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,” a release from the co-op states. “Damage to the system serving individual neighborhoods is extensive and will take time also. Most customers can expect to have power restored by September 22. There will be some locations that will need even more extensive repairs and could take longer.”
Crews also continued to work in Immokalee. Most customers can expect to have power restored by Sept. 22, utility officials said.
Most customers in 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,” the release states. “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. They can rest assured crews will return to bring power to their neighborhood also.”
LCEC restoration crews will continue to work around the clock until all power is restored, officials said.