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Couple says Florida Power & Light truck damaged their property

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 19:20:25-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tony and Melinda Bridley said they feel stuck after a Florida Power and Light truck left power lines hanging and significant damage to their home. They said it’s from a job FPL did on their neighbor’s house, not theirs.

They said that truck pulled power & cable lines nearly tearing the electricity meter off the side of their house, and that’s not the only problem.

Melinda Bridley said when she came home on September 5, 2019, she found a flooded lawn and had no running water in her house.

“The tire tracks led over the water meter where they broke the line on the inside and water was just spewing out,” she said.

Bridley said she was left with a $250 in plumbing fees she says FPL won’t pay for.

“I don’t think that that’s fair. I think that if you damage people’s property, you should be held accountable for it,” she said.

Her husband Tony said he’s frustrated for several reasons. He said FPL didn’t notify them about the mishap, this wasn’t a job they requested, and the company won’t return their calls.

“Our neighbor called them out for something going on on his property,” he said. “And for our property to be damaged, and then nothing to be done about it five months later, it’s a bit too much.”

Their neighbor Nelson Colon who ironically requested FPL come out to lift his power line felt bad when he saw the company subsequently, lowered the Bridley’s cable line.

“They should have been more careful of what they’re doing,” said Colon.

That line’s so low that Tony has to duck under it to cross their lawn. The Bridley’s said when that FPL worker straightened Colon’s line, the pole it’s attached to ripped the Bridley’s power pole through their roof and tilted their electricity meter.

After Fox 4 reached out to FPL, a spokesperson for the company sent a statement saying they take all claims seriously and they contacted the Bridleys in November and again Thursday. They said they plan to investigate.