Mayor Bob Garcia this morning expressed optimism about electricity restoration for still-powerless neighborhoods in DeBary.
Electricity has slowly been returning to DeBary homes and businesses after Hurricane Irma downed power lines and caused other problems with distribution networks Sunday.
“I believe that based on what I see the [equipment] and supplies are coming into DeBary,” Garica said online Saturday. “Keep your fingers crossed!”
The message was posted on Facebook’s DeBary Proud! page by DeBary resident Diane M Van Auken on behalf of Garcia, who is “not on social media,” the post said.
“The power company is working hard to get All the power restored in DeBary,” said Garcia. His update also said:
- Traders Cove has power
- Highland Marina has partial power restored and is waiting for transformers and tree removal
- Linemen in Terra Alta are also waiting for tree removal and transformers
“The Vistas area (where Mayor Garcia & his family live) were hit hard and are still without power,” he wrote. “There are many problems there that are being worked on before the power can be restored.”
He said it is possible homes in the Valencia Circle area may get power by tonight or no later than Sunday.
Duke Energy says it has 81,055 Volusia customers. Of those, 65,438 had power restored and 6,126 remained without electricity as of 4 p.m. Saturday. Power restoration was estimated by midnight Sunday.
Florida Power and Light said 20,670 of its 176,800 customers in Volusia County are without power as of Saturday.
- 125,260 FP&L customers in Volusia had their power restored
- 147,740 FP&L customers in Volusia were affected
According to Florida’s Department of Emergency Management:
Duke Energy had more than 1.3 million customers affected by Irma. Power has already been restored to more than 1.1 million customers.
- Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for western service areas the night of Friday, Sept. 15.
- Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for central and northern service areas the night of Sunday, Sept. 17.
Florida Power and Light had 4.4 million customers affected by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 3.4 million customers.
- FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the East Coast the night of Sunday, Sept. 17.
- FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the West Coast by Friday, Sept. 22.
This isn’t the first time Garcia was featured on social media because of the storm.
On Saturday, as the storm approached, a Facebook user posted video of Garcia urging residents to volunteer for cleanup and repairs after Irma passed.
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