Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is continuing to assess damages. Due to the length and severity of the storm, approximately 23,700 FPUA customers and three of FPUA’s substations were without power. Power has been restored to all three substations and approximately 6,200 customers. Power is being restored to main feeders and then to lateral lines. Restoration crews are focusing their restoration efforts on critical customers, Health Care facilities, Nursing Homes, Wastewater Facilities, and other Health and Safety Systems/Facilities. Once critical customers are restored, FPUA restoration efforts will restore power to the greatest number of customers in the least time. Care is being taken to restore power efficiently while continuing to ensure safety for both customers and lineman. Currently, restoration efforts include FPUA’s 14 internal linemen working extended shifts. Mutual Aid crews from Michigan are expected to arrive this evening and will provide 22 additional lineman to assist in restoration efforts. In addition, 15 tree trimmers are assisting with vegetation management to facilitate efficient power restoration.
“Restoration is a difficult process but we’re making good progress,” said John Tompeck, Director of Utilities. "We should have all the main feeders back in service late tomorrow or early Wednesday which will restore the majority of our customers. Work on damaged laterals will follow restoration of the main feeders which will fully restore the system. FPUA has allocated all available resources to fully restore the system and we appreciate the patience of our customers.”