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LCEC short of original Saturday restoration target

Posted at 10:25 AM, Oct 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-09 06:56:03-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Lee County Electric Cooperative says 91% of customers are now restored following Hurricane Ian.

Broward County 96% Restored
Collier County 95% Restored
Hendry County 100% Restored
Charlotte County 94% Restored
Lee County 84% Restored*
*Restored = all customers able to receive power and excludes Sanibel and Pine Island.

That includes some 76,376 Cape Coral residents, the largest of the areas LCEC serves to be affected by the widespread service disruption caused by Hurricane Ian more than a week ago.

AM Area Update (6:30 a.,)
Marco Island: 18,749 on, 833 off
Immokalee: 15,456 on, 284 off
Carnestown: 2,911 on, 328 off
Lehigh Acres: 33,000 on, 126 off
North Fort Myers: 47,951 on, 4,328 off
Cape Coral: 76,376 on, 12,900 off

In a media release issued Monday, LCEC said its customers in Lee County (excluding Pine Island and Sanibel / Captiva Islands) were estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of the day Saturday.

Recent updates have not mentioned a Saturday estimate. However, Denise Vidal, LCEC's Chief Executive Officer, said she was "confident" of that estimate. "They will have another 20,000, that is probably a conservative estimate, today," she said.

In Saturday's update, LCEC said that about 2,500 crews are continually working to restore power to customers over the weekend.

Crews from Duke Energy arrived earlier in the week to assist, alongside line workers and tree trimmers from electric cooperatives and independent contractors.

Florida Power & Light, which on Friday said achieved "essential restoration" (95% or better) among its customers, is preparing to deploy a restoration workforce to assist in reconnecting the barrier islands, including Sanibel and Pine Island. Duke crews are also expected to contribute in that effort.

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