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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.

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