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Most of Lehigh still without power

September 12, 2017
By JIM LINETTE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Most, if not all, Lehigh Acres residents are still without power, including all 29,151 customers of Lee County Electric Coop.

"We are aware that Lehigh customers have no running water when the power is out because they are on well and septic systems," said Karen Ryan, LCEC spokesperson. "Power companies like Florida Power & Light are aware of it and working on restoration. We have a lot of resources working in Lehigh."

Ryan said the problem is that a main transmission line is down that serves Lehigh, a line shared by LCEC and FP&L.

"They are working on it now and there should be some progress," Ryan said. "We recommend that those residents make other arrangements to stay somewhere with power until service is restored. They are a priority."

Lehigh resident Christina Stumbaugh, an FP&L customer, said she was told she could be without power until Sept. 22.

"No power equals no water," she said. "We can't draw water to boil it. We can't shower. I have no internet and my phone is dying. I hope FP&L knows our basic human conditions. We're trapped in our house, can't get out because of the water in the neighborhood."

Ryan understands the plight of Lehigh residents.

"My heart goes out to those people. I think the frustration is they don't see trucks or anyone working on restoring power in their neighborhood," said Ryan. "As I said, a main line is down."



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