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LCEC and City of Sanibel work together to safely energize the island

LCEC and City of Sanibel work together to safely energize the island

October 21, 2022 – LCEC and the City of Sanibel are working in unison to safely energize Sanibel Island. LCEC is focused on the main LCEC circuits first then service lines feeding homes and businesses can be restored. Some areas, with the least amount of damage can begin to receive power by the Estimated Restoration dates, and others will be later based on the damage at their location and the need for repairs to the customer-owned electric system. After electrician repairs and inspection, end-user services can be restored. More specifically, islanders are reminder that:

Buildings where electrical equipment was flooded or damaged by Hurricane Ian, or that have been notified by LCEC that a city inspection is required to obtain power, are required to follow the below steps for the city to notify LCEC that power may be restored:

  • All Commercial, Multi-Family, and Single-Family homes with an electrical service greater than 600 amps require a licensed Florida engineer to provide an inspection and approval of the existing electrical equipment.
  • If undamaged, please provide the approved for power engineer report to the city at the following email addresses.
  • If damaged, a licensed electrical contractor must make the required repairs and then have an engineer reinspect and provide the approved for power engineer report to the city at the following email addresses.
  • Once the approved for power report is received, the city will notify LCEC power may be restored.

All Commercial, Multi-Family, and Single-Family homes with an electrical service less than 600 amps require an electrical contractor is required to provide an inspection and approval of the existing electrical equipment.

  • If undamaged, please provide the contractors approved for power report to the city at the following email addresses.
  • If damaged a licensed electrical contractor must make the required repairs and then contact the city at the following email addresses to schedule an inspection.
  • Once the inspection passes, the city will notify LCEC power may be restored.

Islanders should utilize the following links for more information regarding restoration:

Visit lcec.net for restoration updates, electrical safety tips and more.

LCEC and Farm Share Host Hurricane Ian Relief SWFL Event

October 18, 2022LCEC is proud to partner with Farm Share to host a Hurricane Ian Relief SWFL Event on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event will take place at 4941 Bayline Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917, located in front of the LCEC headquarters. The distribution event will provide up to 500 households in our local community with food, hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, and other essentials for those in need following Hurricane Ian. LCEC volunteers in addition to local and state dignitaries will be onsite to assist those in need.

This event falls during National Cooperative Month. One of the seven cooperative principles that guide cooperatives and make them special and unique in their business model is a genuine concern for community. LCEC in partnership with Farm Share is extremely honored and humbled to help those in need as we all work through the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. Please stop by for what you need and know that LCEC continues to work around the clock to restore power to those who can safely receive it.

Estimated Restoration Times for Sanibel Island – some essential services restored by October 20

October 15, 2022 – Early assessments of Sanibel and Captiva Islands indicated it could take months to rebuild the electric infrastructure. Thanks to many forces working together, the backbone of the system will be rebuilt making it possible to restore power to essential services such as the school, RO Plant, and a Fire Stations which are estimated to be back in power as early as next week, October 20. Once the critical infrastructure is rebuilt, team LCEC and FPL plan to work section by section to energize the island over the next two weeks. By October 23, City Hall and public safety facilities are estimated to be in service. Each section that is rebuilt or repaired makes it possible to connect additional residential and commercial customers, the majority estimated to be restored within 13 days. The harder hit sections of the Island, like North Captiva, will take time to rebuild. Attached is a complete restoration timeline for reference.

What has helped expedite restoration to a devastated barrier island:

  1. Assistance from Governor Ron DeSantis and other governmental agencies have been instrumental in overcoming challenges related to access, line worker support, and other resources.
  2. 500 FPL line workers were mobilized to the island last week as part of the extended partnership with FPL, the LCEC power supplier. Support also included a generous supply of utility poles and materials, six substation electricians, and many other logistics personnel working shoulder to shoulder with LCEC employees.
  3. LCEC critical infrastructure remained strong during and after the storm. After proper assessment, cleaning, analysis, and testing, the transmission line and substation were energized allowing for repairs to the backbone of the system. This will enable homes and businesses to begin receiving power.

Challenges of restoring power to a barrier island:

  1. The island has been cut off to vehicular traffic making it difficult to mobilize trucks, materials, supplies, lodging, and utility workers. A one day temporary bridge allowed a large number of vehicles to move over and additional trips must be made by barge and ferry.
  2. Much of the island was destroyed, including critical electric infrastructure. Some facilities survived the storm making restoration to those areas quicker.
  3. Traffic on the island during a normal day can be slow. After a hurricane, it is even more problematic.
  4. Vegetation and debris covers nearly every surface, including where crews need to be to complete work.
  5. Water, sand, and salt intrusion make it tough to rebuild facilities, especially in areas where utilities are underground.

Sanibel transmission line expected be energized today

October 14, 2022 – LCEC and FPL crews and support workers, supported by efforts from the Governor’s office, are expected to energize the transmission line on Sanibel Island some time today. It is still early for an estimated restoration time. LCEC serves nearly 11,000 customers on Sanibel and Captiva islands. The goal is to restore power as quickly and safely as possible to those able to receive power and ensure the infrastructure is available for those who will rebuild their homes or businesses destroyed by Hurricane Ian.

Travel to and from the island has been a challenge without the option of vehicular traffic. Mobilization by barge began last week and was not without challenges due to timing of tides, weight restrictions, the quantity and size of the equipment and materials, and the number of workers traveling to the island. Earlier this week, a convoy of hundreds of utility and support trucks and vehicles reached the island through a one-time emergency roadway access supported by Governor DeSantis. This expedited staging and allowed crews to begin preliminary work on the transmission and substation infrastructure.

Assessment, testing, and scrubbing of critical equipment was required before energizing. Simultaneously, crews began working to set poles and prepare installation of wire and other facilities to energize the backbone of the system.

In addition to hundreds of FPL line workers, the restoration operation on the island includes LCEC substation electricians, design engineers, warehouse workers, base camp coordinators, logistics experts, emergency operations representatives, and safety personnel.

Power on Pine Island!

October 13, 2022 – Power on one section of Pine Island was restored yesterday along String Fellow Road. The Fire Stations, RO plant, the town center, the elementary school were energized. Duke Energy and LCEC support teams will begin rebuilding the infrastructure to serve some neighborhoods today.


After a devastating hurricane Pine Island is being restored one pole at a time. LCEC is officially out of storm restoration for the mainland and will be working to restore a few remaining individual services. This includes Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Immokalee, Marco Island, Carnestown, and Naples. If customers are experiencing an outage on the mainland please report the outage by calling 239-656-2300.

LCEC CEO joins Governor and leaders at Sanibel restoration press conference

October 12, 2022 – At a recent press conference, LCEC CEO Denise Vidal joined Governor Ron DeSantis in the announcement of temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway. “Hurricane Ian’s tragic level of widespread and long-lasting devastation to our region’s people, homes, businesses, and way of life is unprecedented in Florida’s modern history,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa and ravaged the island causing the only road pathway to Sanibel Island to break in three places. The temporary repairs allowed a one-time deployment of restoration vehicles onto the island to begin restoration. “Here at Ground Zero, we have been fortunate to be working so closely with the Governor’s office and the Florida Department of Emergency Management to secure the resources and equipment needed, like the barge behind us, for this monumental restoration effort.” said Vidal.

LCEC, State, and local officials and an army of restoration partners share the same mission to restore power as quickly as possible for all LCEC members. “We are very thankful to the Florida Electric Cooperative Association, Duke Energy, and Florida Power and Light for helping us secure the many dedicated and specialized mutual aid power crews and other support staff that was needed,” said Vidal. Additional resources came from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, TN, and TX. 

“I also have to thank our locals, and Team LCEC who are so resilient – our customers, first responders, and businesses. We have all joined together to help the community rebuild. You see the efforts on every corner, and everyone’s contribution goes a long way to recovery,” said Vidal. LCEC has over 400 employees who began working tirelessly before the storm, continued during, and have not faltered after the storm to support more than 2,300 line workers. 

“This has truly been a Team Florida event. We will continue powering on until all service is restored in our beautiful SW FL communities.” said Vidal.

Staying safe as power is restored to your home and/or business

Safely restoring power to your home and/or business following any hurricane is extensive. After returning to your home and/or business, customers must assess damage and preform clean-up and repairs which can be difficult. Make that time safe and productive by following these tips:

  • If your electrical equipment has gotten wet or is near water, turn off the power at the main breaker. If you must enter water to access the main switch, call an electrician to turn it off.
  • Do not turn electrical equipment back on until it has been inspected by a qualified electrician.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines, as they may still be energized and dangerous. Puddles of water contacting downed lines are just as dangerous.
  • Do not trim trees or remove debris located near downed power lines.
  • If you must remove debris from in or around your home, do not pile it under or near electrical lines or equipment.
  • If appliances were on when the power was lost, make sure all appliances are turned off. If left on, they could pose fire hazards when the power is restored.
  • Refrain from using candles and instead, use a battery-operated flashlight as an alternative light source.
  • Do not re-freeze food once it begins to thaw.
  • Do not use tap water until it is safe. Boil water before drinking until you receive official word that the water is safe.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.

LCEC, FPL, and Duke Energy join Governor Ron DeSantis for power update

October 11, 2022 – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway will allow a one-time convoy of power restoration equipment, supplies, and crews to access Sanibel Island and continue restoration efforts. Once crews are on the island, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will resume repairs to restore access to the island for residents, which is expected to be complete by the end of this month.

The temporary repairs to the bridge allowed over 200 bucket trucks, 150 line and pickup trucks towing 50 trailers and 2 tractor trailers to move onto the island, along with additional first responders to cross the bridge and aid in recovery efforts while final road repairs are underway. This includes crews from across the state, Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), Florida Power and Light and members of the Florida Electric Cooperative Association.

Efforts to restore power to Pine Island are also underway. The Governor spearheaded the mission to construct a temporary bridge to Pine Island, which was in less than three days, allowing power restoration crews to access the island and begin repairs. Led by Duke Energy and LCEC, crews have begun to clear debris and rebuild infrastructure destroyed by the storm. By Thursday, LCEC expects to have power restored to one quarter of Pine Island, including the Island’s center, water treatment plant substation and to centrally located grocery stores. Power is expected to be restored to one third of the island and the Matlacha area by next week. 

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct 11 – 8 a.m.

October 11, 2022 – LCEC has restored power to most of its 240,586 customers able to receive power, with the exception of those on Sanibel and Pine Island. Efforts to restore the remaining customers are underway, utilizing more than 1,000 utility personnel on the mainland and hundreds of FPL and Duke Energy workers on Sanibel and Pine Island. LCEC is focused on restoring power to each and every customer, including those on the barrier islands.

LCEC, State, and local officials and an army of restoration partners share the same mission to restore power as quickly as possible for all of our members.  LCEC and its mutual aid partners made great progress yesterday in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers, restoring power to thousands of customers, bringing total customers out of service in Lee County to less than 5%, excluding Pine Island and Sanibel. The current complement of crews from mutual aid partners will remain on restoration efforts, including FPL, Duke Energy, and over 50 cooperatives from AL, FL, TX, LA, and GA until further notice. This team, shoulder to shoulder with LCEC employees, will continue restoring the customers still without power, as well as customers ready to accept power after their repairs are completed and local government has completed their inspections.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and repair any damage to their home electrical system, if needed, so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 10 – 7 p.m.

October 10, 2022 – LCEC has restored power to most of its 240,586 customers able to receive power, with the exception of those on Sanibel and Pine Island. Efforts to restore the remaining customers are underway, utilizing about 1,500 utility personnel on the mainland and hundreds of FPL and Duke Power workers on Sanibel and Pine Island. LCEC is focused on restoring power to each and every customer, including those on the barrier islands.

While the early days of restoration focus on large numbers of customers restored quickly, the last remaining efforts often entail work in back yards or areas that are not easily accessed, have extensive damage, or serve small pockets of customers. These challenges will not detract from restoration efforts. Workers will do everything possible to restore as quickly and safely as possible.

Current Outage Numbers:

 2,252    Cape Coral

 796    North Fort Myers

 7,398    Pine Island

10,946    Sanibel

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and repair any damage to their home electrical system, if needed, so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 10 – 7 a.m.

October 10, 2022 – Crews made good progress yesterday working to restore power to the remaining customers out of power. A harsh lightning storm last evening knocked out power to pockets of customer who had previously been restored and crews will return to restore power at those locations today.

Just over 11,000 customers in Cape Coral remain without power.

Just over 8,000 customers in North Fort Myers remain without power.

The remaining customers are the most difficult in terms of getting large numbers of customer restored at a time. There is typically more damage, debris, or vegetation only impacting a few customers or an individual customer.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 9 – 6:30 a.m.

October 9, 2022 – Today, utility workers continue to work aggressively toward restoring power to the remaining LCEC residents out of service in Lee County. Customers in all other parts of the six-county LCEC service territory are essentially restored with some clean-up remaining and customers unable to receive power making repairs to homes and businesses on their side.

Initially, LCEC set an ESTIMATED restoration time based on a preliminary damage assessment and was so close by the end of the night Saturday. Strengthened by continued support from the Governor’s Office and a powerful army of resources provided by electric cooperatives, Duke Energy, and FPL an incredible amount of rebuilding has been accomplished in the days following the aftermath of the most destructive hurricane in Florida’s history. The optimistic estimate was off the mark by a few percentage and the restoration team will continue to work until every home and business that is able to receive power is brought back online. Then the monumental task to begin to restore power to the barrier islands will begin.

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island18,749833
Immokalee15,456284
Carnestown2,911328
Lehigh Acres33,000126
North Fort Myers47,9514,328
Cape Coral76,37612,900
Total 194,44318,799
Percentage91%9%

*excludes Sanibel, Pine Island and an estimate of customers unable to receive power

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 8 – 8 p.m.

October 8, 2022 – Eleven days after Hurricane Ian left an unforgettable mark on Southwest Florida, the monumental effort to repair and rebuild infrastructure, and to restore power to LCEC customers following a historic and unprecedented storm, continues around the clock.

Initial restoration estimates, based on assessments at the time, were hopeful and optimistic. While estimates in some location were on target, some could not account for elements beyond control or for the extent of damage and destruction to LCEC infrastructure. The added challenges of congested roads, supply chain disruptions, and overwhelming debris and vegetation has delayed power restoration to some areas, including communities of LCEC employees and line workers on the restoration team. LCEC shares the same feelings of frustration and remains proud of the accomplishments that have been achieved so far.

As 2,500 utility personnel continue to work unrelentingly to achieve our restoration goal, forward momentum is bolstered by continued support from the Governor’s Office in addition to a powerful backbone of complementary resources provided by electric cooperatives, Duke Energy, and FPL. Resources include restoration crews, substation expertise, and equipment and supplies from all over the country. The work will continue until every home and business that is able to receive power is brought back online. Work continues throughout the evening to get closer to the Estimated Time of Restoration in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.

RESTORATION STATUS:

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.

*Lee County area breakdown will be available again tomorrow morning to reflect tonight’s work.

Customer Reminders:

  • It’s important to understand that LCEC is only part of the power restoration process. If a home or business has been flooded or has sustained damage, it may need additional repairs before it can receive power. A licensed electrician must inspect and repair the electrical system and proper government inspections must be received before service can be reconnected and make any necessary repairs.
  • Ask for proof of proper professional licensure before allowing contractors to begin this type of work on your property.

Customers waiting for power to be restored should switch off the breakers to avoid a potentially unsafe situation when lines reconnect. Power surges can also cause significant damage to appliances.

LCEC helps deliver internet and cellular to barrier islands

October 8, 2022 – LCEC is partnering with Crown Castle to provide a Verizon connection through the fiber optic cables from the LCEC transmission line in Cape Coral. The focus of this collaboration is to restore internet and cellular service to Pine Island and Sanibel-Captiva Island. LCEC is also working with Comcast and Lumen to provide access to the islands through LCEC fiber optic circuits. This work with the Verizon towers is anticipated to be completed in very near future.

LCEC is proud to work in unison with these companies to enable them to quickly restore internet and cellular service to our precious barrier islands after their facilities were ravaged during Hurricane Ian.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 8 – 6 a.m.

October 8, 2022 – LCEC employees and the army of mutual aid line workers, tree trimmers, suppliers, vendors, local and state officials, and community supporters reached the 72  percent  restoration mark this morning. Many parts of its six-county territory have been mostly restored for customers able to receive power.

Close to 2,500 crews will continue with the monumental task of restoring power to the remaining customers over the weekend. Planning is also underway to begin work on the barrier islands of Sanibel and Pine Island. LCEC and its members have been supported by the following mutual aid and many more throughout the restoration process.

  • 400 LCEC employees working tirelessly before, during, and after the storm to support more than 2,300 line workers requiring fuel, material and supplies, crew coordination, food, lodging, laundry, technology, and everything it takes restore power.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Electric Cooperative Association are helping in many ways including to bring additional line worker and tree trimmer resources to the area and options for accessing the barrier islands.
  • Hundreds of electric cooperative crews and contractors from across the nation arrived before the storm and additional crews joined the effort in the aftermath.
  • Line workers and support personnel from Duke Energy arrived this week to help restore power in Cape Coral and will then deploy to Pine Island to bring power to those who can receive power safely.
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL) is preparing to deploy a restoration workforce of a few hundred with a coordination team, critical materials and electrical equipment, logistics support, and help coordination with a barge to transport bucket trucks to Sanibel Island.
A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island18,93764519,582
Immokalee15,56917115,740
Carnestown2,9522873,239
Lehigh Acres32,98014633,126
North Fort Myers40,92515,35456,279
Cape Coral61,04733,22994,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946
Total 172,41068,176240,586
Percentage 72%28%

*Restoration numbers percentage does not include Pine Island & Sanibel until access to the islands is possible.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs to their weather head and any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 7 – 5:30 p.m.

P.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island18,92465819,582
Immokalee15,43530515,740
Carnestown2,9572823,239
Lehigh Acres32,82929733,126
North Fort Myers35,31420,96556,279
Cape Coral53,19841,07894,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946
Total 158,65781,929240,586
Percentage 66%34%

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 7. – 7 a.m.

October 7, 2022 – A week into restoration of power to SWFL after the most destructive hurricane in the area’s history, LCEC has restored power to 62 percent of its six-county customer base ready to receive power. Complete restoration is a monumental task, especially on the barrier islands of Sanibel and Pine Island. LCEC and its members have been supported by the following mutual aid and many more throughout the restoration process.

  • 400 LCEC employees working tirelessly before, during, and after the storm to support more than 2,300 line workers requiring fuel, material and supplies, crew coordination, food, lodging, laundry, technology, and everything it takes restore power.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Electric Cooperative Association are helping in many ways including to bring additional line worker and tree trimmer resources to the area and options for accessing the barrier islands.
  • Hundreds of electric cooperative crews and contractors from across the nation arrived before the storm and additional crews joined the effort in the aftermath.
  • Line workers and support personnel from Duke Energy arrived this week to help restore power in Cape Coral and will then deploy to Pine Island to bring power to those who can receive power safely.
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL) is preparing to deploy a restoration workforce of a few hundred with a coordination team, critical materials and electrical equipment, logistics support, and help coordination with a barge to transport bucket trucks to Sanibel Island.
A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island18,91766519,582
Immokalee15,61812215,740
Carnestown2,9343053,239
Lehigh Acres32,97415233,126
North Fort Myers31,57024,70956,279
Cape Coral46,03348,24394,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946
Total148,04692,540240,586
Percentage 62%38%

*Restoration numbers percentage does not include Pine Island & Sanibel until access to the islands is possible.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs to their weather head and any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 6 – 6 p.m.

P.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island18,87870419,582
Immokalee15,59314715,740
Carnestown2,9233163,239
Lehigh Acres32,76636033,126
North Fort Myers28,85927,42056,279
Cape Coral34,58659,69094,276
 
 
Total 133,60588,637222,242
Percentages 60%40%

*Excludes Sanibel and Pine Island until access is possible and restoration begins.

Assessing damage to your home and business following Hurricane Ian

October 6, 2022 – LCEC urges customers remaining without power to inspect damage to their home or business as a result of Hurricane Ian. It is essential to understand what LCEC is responsible for and what the customer is responsible for.

Use caution and be aware of possible downed power lines. Visually inspect the electric facilities that bring power into your home or business. This includes the weather head, the riser conduit that covers the wires, and the meter can. If there is damage, a licensed electrician must make repairs. If water has entered the home through flooding or rainwater seeping into the walls around electric wiring, a licensed electrician should inspect to determine potential damage.

If overhead electric lines power the home or business, keep the following in mind when inspecting and planning for repairs:

LCEC is responsible for:

  • Service drop – these are the wires running from our pole to your home
  • Electric meter – this device measures your electricity usage in kilowatt-hours

Customers own and are responsible for repairing:

  • Weatherhead and insulator – this is located where our electric lines connect to your home
  • Service entrance cable – this wire extends from your weatherhead to the meter and from the meter to the fuse box or circuit breaker
  • Meter can – your electric meter is mounted in this box
  • Fuse box and circuit breaker box – this is the service panel that houses your fuses or circuit breaker
  • Wiring – this is the interior wiring that moves electricity through your home

It is important to remember that:

  • Restoring power to damaged facilities could cause a fire.
  • Once repaired, customer owned electric systems must be inspected by local government officials before power can be restored.
  • LCEC repairs damage to the electric grid facilities and electric meters. Customers are responsible for repairs to the meter box, including pipes and wires coming into and out of the box as well as the house.
  • If your home or business has structural damage or water intrusion, turn off your electricity at the breaker panel.

Customers and line workers alike play an important role in the safety and reliability of electric service. For restoration updates, safety tips and more, visit lcec.net.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 6 – 6 a.m.

October 6, 2022 – The effort to restore power to customers in SWFL is a collaboration of State and local agencies, cooperatives, investor-owned, and municipal utilities, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and hundreds of support personnel.

At the end of today, there will be just over 2,300 line and vegetation crews working on power restoration to the remaining LCEC customers without power. Additional crews are becoming available as needed until all customers able to receive power are restored.

  • A convoy of 350 line workers and support personnel from Duke Energy will arrive this morning to help restore power in Cape Coral.
  • Thanks to assistance from Governor Ron DeSantis expediting road access to Pine Island, it will be possible for Duke Energy crews to begin restoration on Pine Island as soon as customers in other areas of the service territory are restored. Once access to Sanibel is possible rebuilding will also begin there.
  • At the same time, LCEC expanded its partnership with FPL to address supply chain disruptions, set up a base camp to house and feed line workers, and partner with specialized substation engineers.

Restoration Progress:

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island17,4932,08919,582
Immokalee15,60014015,740
Carnestown2,8144253,239
Lehigh Acres32,87225433,126
North Fort Myers25,90330,37656,279
Cape Coral25,75868,51894,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946
Total 120,440101,802222,242
Percentage 54%46%

*Restoration percentage does not include Pine Island & Sanibel until access to the islands is possible.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs to their weather head and any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 5. – p.m.

P.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island17,4142,16819,582
Immokalee15,57116915,740
Carnestown2,9053343,239
Lehigh Acres32,54757933,126
North Fort Myers23,71032,56956,279
Cape Coral20,07774,19994,276
 
 
Totals112,224110,018222,242

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 5 – 6 a.m.

October 5, 2022 – LCEC added an additional 700 line workers and tree-trimmers to the team working tirelessly to restore power throughout some of the hardest hit areas in the LCEC service territory.

These crews, working beside LCEC employees, will continue to repair main circuits in Lee County including the areas of Lehigh Acres and North Fort Myers. A large complement of crews will also focus on restoring the backbone infrastructure in Cape Coral in order to enable more and more restoration of neighborhoods and businesses. At the same time, crews are focused on wrapping up restoration in Collier and Charlotte Counties where the impact of Ian was also felt by customers in the LCEC communities of Everglades City, Immokalee, Golden Gate Estates, Marco Island, and Punta Gorda.

Duke Energy crews will arrive in SWFL tomorrow to help and will then be utilized to begin work on Pine Island later this week. The additional assistance and collaboration with the Governor’s office will continue until all power is restored to Pine Island and Sanibel.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs to their weather head and any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. Visit the LCEC Hurricane Guide to learn more.

LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island17,0982,484
Immokalee15,513227
Carnestown2,846393
Lehigh Acres32,641485
North Fort Myers19,56936,710
Cape Coral13,05781,219
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
Total 100,724121,518
Percentage 45%55%

*included are Broward, Hendry, Charlotte, and Miami Dade LCEC customers

*excluded are Sanibel Island, Captiva, Pine Island

LCEC is working with Florida Electric Cooperatives to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days. These additional resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX.

Residential and business damage following Hurricane Ian

October 4, 2022 – Hurricane Ian ravaged SWFL. Our thoughts and hearts are with all of those who were impacted by this unprecedented storm. As you begin to inspect your home, use caution and be aware of possible downed power lines. Visually inspect the electric facilities that bring power into your home or business. This includes the weather head, the riser conduit that covers the wires, and the meter can. If there is damage, you must contact a licensed electrician to make repairs. If water has entered the home through flooding or rainwater seeping into the walls around electric wiring, a licensed electrician should inspect to determine potential damage.

It is important to remember that:

  • Restoring power to damaged facilities could cause a fire.
  • Once repaired, your system must be inspected by local government officials before power can be restored.
  • LCEC repairs damage to the electric grid facilities and electric meters. Customers are responsible for repairs to the meter box, including pipes and wires coming into and out of the box as well as the house.
  • If your home or business has structural damage or water intrusion, turn off your electricity at the breaker panel.

For restoration updates, safety tips and more, visit lcec.net.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 4 – 6 a.m.

October 4, 2022 – With a complement of more than 1,000 local and out of state line workers and tree-trimmers, some secured through mutual aide, and hundreds of support personnel, LCEC is making great progress restoring power to homes and businesses throughout Southwest Florida.  Just over 41% of the six-county service territory has been restored over the past five days, excluding Sanibel and Pine Island which are not accessible to line crews. The number of restoration workers will grow to 2,000 by this weekend as additional crews arrive today and tomorrow. Preliminary work on the islands will continue to prepare for restoration in those locations when possible, with the main focus on customers throughout the LCEC service territory who are able to receive power now.

Customers out of power at this time are urged to inspect and make repairs to their weather head and any damage to their home electric system if needed so they are able to receive power when restoration crews reach their area. LCEC reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines, turn off breakers until power is restored, and use generators safely to protect themselves and crews working on lines in their neighborhood.

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island17,0982,484
Immokalee15,444296
Carnestown2,783456
Lehigh Acres31,8451,281
North Fort Myers17,51438,765
Cape Coral6,53587,741
 
 
Total91,219131,023
Percentage41%59%

*included are Broward, Hendry, Charlotte, and Miami Dade LCEC customers

*excluded are Sanibel Island, Captiva, Pine Island

LCEC is working with Florida Electric Cooperatives and the Governor’s office to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days. Line crews secured before the storm’s impact and these additional resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 3 – 6 p.m.

October 3, 2022 – LCEC has approximately 1,000 workers (line, tree, and support personnel) working on restoration at this time. This number will grow to 2,000 restoration workers by this weekend. Current restoration numbers are as follows:

P.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island17,0982,484
Immokalee15,395345
Carnestown2,765474
Lehigh Acres30,1992,927
North Fort Myers15,08141,198
Cape Coral5,42988,847
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
85,967154,619
36%64%

LCEC is working with the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days. These additional resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX.

LCEC Estimated Restoration Dates

October 3 – “LCEC continues to expand the number of crews coming into our area to restore electric service in our devastated communities. In doing so, our goal is to restore our members’ power as quickly as possible given the conditions in our communities,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal.

“We are also working closely with, and appreciate, the coordination and resources devoted to this complex effort by Gov. DeSantis, state and local agencies and officials. The Governor’s leadership of our state’s recovery and his compassion for our citizens is inspiring to all who are partnering in this response. This coordination is imperative as we recover and meet the needs of our customers and the communities we serve.”


LCEC genuinely appreciates the duress that our customers are facing and are fully committed to working with hundreds of line workers, construction and vegetation crews, and support employees to repair our heavily damaged system as safely and quickly as possible. Please continue to be mindful of safety around downed power lines and thank you for the kindness that many are showing to our crews.

Following are LCEC estimated times of restoration for most affected areas. The timeframes provided are based on worst-case scenarios, and it is possible power will be restored sooner to the locations able to receive power.

Estimated Restoration Times:

  • Broward County is essentially restored.
  • Charlotte County – estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of day Saturday, October 8.
  • Collier County (excluding Marco Island) – estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of day Saturday, October 8.
  • Marco Island is currently 40 percent restored with specific areas still being assessed for restoration alternatives. It is estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of day Tuesday, October 4.
  • Hendry County – estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of day Wednesday, October 5.
  • Lee County (excluding Pine Island and Sanibel / Captiva Islands) – estimated to be 95 percent restored by end of day Saturday, October 8.
  • Pine Island estimated restoration time will be determined once access to the island is established.
  • Sanibel and Captiva Islands estimated restoration time will be determined once access to the island is established.

“Essentially Restored” is when more than 95 percent of customers able to take service are energized.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 3 – 6 a.m.

October 3, 2022 – LCEC will add additional crews toward efforts to restore electric service in devastated SWFL communities. The LCEC plan is to restore members’ power as quickly as possible given the conditions of our service territory. We continue to work closely with Governor DeSantis and appreciate the resources being devoted to this monumental effort.

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island16,6732,909
Immokalee14,0471,693
Carnestown2,652587
Lehigh Acres25,6317,495
North Fort Myers12,38843,891
Cape Coral5,42988,847
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
76,820163,766
32%68%

LCEC is working with the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days. Additional workers and teams continue to converge on the disaster zone to support LCEC, in addition to the approximately 1,000 workers (line, tree, and support personnel) in the field. These additional resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX. We are continuing to bring more people in to assist our community in recovering and restoring power. 

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 2 – 6 p.m.

October 2, 2022 – “Lee County Electric Cooperative continues to expand its restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Our community is resilient, and we ask for patience and support as we all come together to rebuild. More resources are being brought in daily as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal. “This unprecedented recovery requires a substantial rebuild in the hardest hit communities. We also thank Governor DeSantis for his unwavering leadership and his constant support of our community and our cooperative.”

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

P.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island10,7378,845
Immokalee13,6942,046
Carnestown2,675564
Lehigh Acres22,71410,412
North Fort Myers5,92050,359
Cape Coral4,49889,778
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
60,238 (25%)180,348 (75%)

LCEC is working with the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days. Additional workers and teams continue to converge on the disaster zone to support LCEC, in addition to the approximately 1,000 workers (line, tree, and support personnel) in the field. These additional resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX. We are continuing to bring more people in to assist our community in recovering and restoring power. 

LCEC Power Restoration Update

October 2, 2022 – “Lee County Electric Cooperative continues to expand its restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian. More resources are being brought in daily as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal. “This unprecedented recovery requires a substantial rebuild in the hardest hit communities. We thank Governor DeSantis for his unwavering leadership and his constant support of our community and our cooperative.”

  • As of 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 2, LCEC has restored power to 24 percent of our customers. LCEC is working with the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA) to double the amount of mutual aid in the coming days.
  • Additional workers and teams continue to converge on the disaster zone to support LCEC, including, approximately 1,000 workers (600+ line and 200 tree personnel), and hundreds of support team members.  In addition to the LCEC local crews and contractors, these resources come from within Florida and all areas of the country including AL, AR, GA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, MO, TN, and TX. 
  • As additional line crews and support staff arrive, LCEC will continue to reevaluate the estimated restoration times for the customers who can receive power.
A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island10,4599,123
Immokalee12,9982,742
Carnestown4392,800
Lehigh Acres24,3028,824
North Fort Myers5,60950,670
Cape Coral4,49889,778
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
58,305182,281
24%76%

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 2 – 6 a.m.

October 2, 2022 – As soon as the storm passed, LCEC had 1,000 boots on the ground to restore power. Daily progress is being made in the areas where customers are able to receive power, including Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Immokalee, Everglades City, Lehigh Acres, and Marco Island. LCEC has restored power to more than 50% of customers in Marco Island, Immokalee, and Lehigh Acres. Work continues to restore the main circuits that serve customers in Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Everglades City and other pockets within the service territory.

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island10,4599,12319,582
Immokalee12,9982,74215,740
Carnestown4392,8003,239
Lehigh Acres24,3028,82433,126
North Fort Myers5,60950,67056,279
Cape Coral4,49889,77894,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946

Customers are urged to use generators safely to protect their families and workers on the system, turn off breakers in their homes until power is restore, and remain patient. They may not see trucks on their street but crews are working in the area and will continue to work until all power is restored to those able to receive it.

The catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ian is something that has not been experienced before and there are many developments that are new when we consider the widespread flood damage and inaccessibility to some of our barrier islands. LCEC has upward of 600 line crews and 135 tree trimming crews with additional crews arriving this weekend. Customers do not need to call LCEC as we are aware of what circuits are without power.

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 1 – 6 p.m.

October 1, 2022 – LCEC line crews are braving the elements as we work to deliver power and normalcy to our customers. Employees are working tirelessly to restore power to customers. Customers do not need to call LCEC as we are aware of what circuits are without power.

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

P.M. Area UpdateCust. OnCust. OutTotal Cust
Marco Island7,11612,46619,582
Immokalee8,4427,29815,740
Carnestown4272,8123,239
Lehigh Acres18,23014,89633,126
North Fort Myers90555,37456,279
Cape Coral094,27694,276
Pine Island07,3987,398
Sanibel010,94610,946

LCEC Restoration Updates – Oct. 1 – 6 a.m.

October 1, 2022 – Nearly 1,000 resources will have boots on the ground again today to restore power to LCEC customers.  All but three of the 23 LCEC substations were energized yesterday and crews will begin to do work to restore the main circuits. The next phase of restoration will be to safely bring power back to the largest number of customers in areas including Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Immokalee, Everglades City, Lehigh Acres, and Marco Island. Then crews will focus on smaller pockets of outages and individual services.

Customers are urged to use generators safely to protect their families and workers on the system, turn off breakers in their homes until power is restored, and remain patient. They may not see trucks on their street but crews are working in the area and will continue to work until all power is restored to those able to receive it.

Current restoration numbers are as follows:

A.M Area UpdateCust. OnCust. Out
Marco Island711619,582
Immokalee8,4427,298
Carnestown4272,812
Lehigh Acres16,60416,522
North Fort Myers90555,374
Cape Coral094,276
Pine Island07,398
Sanibel010,946
26,378214,208

The catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ian is something that has not been experienced before and there are many developments that are new when we consider the widespread flood damage and inaccessibility to some of our barrier islands. LCEC has upward of 600 line crews and 135 tree trimming crews with additional crews arriving this weekend. Customers do not need to call LCEC as we are aware of what circuits are without power.

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