Monday, September 25, 2017

Recovery efforts underway; power could take until Sept. 22

“naplesRecovery efforts are underway in Southwest Florida after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, but it could be a while before life returns to normal.

Collier County remains under a mandatory curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. This curfew will remain in place until further notice.

Trash pickup has been suspended Tuesday.

Schools remain closed through the end of the week.

FPL reports that nearly all — 181,000 of their 210,000 customers in Collier remain without power, and has said that it could take until Sept. 22 until power is restored to Florida’s west coast. The company said that nearly 20,000 workers are trying to restore power across the state.

FPL CEO Eric Silagy said Monday that it was the first time in the company’s history that their entire service area was affected by a single storm.

“This is the largest restoration army in our company’s history, and could be one of the most challenging restorations our country has ever seen.”

Collier Utilities are warning those in areas that have water, but no power, to conserve water usage as pump stations are also without power, meaning that overuse of the utilities could lead to sewage backups into homes.

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