When Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida less than two weeks ago, the storm left behind a massive path of destruction, which included several deaths, and leaving hundreds of thousands of Floridians in the dark.
Florida Governor Rick Scott’ preemptive call for a state of emergency almost a week before the storm made landfall, is now being seen as a move that possible saved many more lives, and lead to the preservation of millions in property damage.
But even with all the pre-landfall preparations, what kind of destruction Irma would leave was anyone’s guess. Days before the storm hit, power companies like Florida Power & Light (FPL) had already staged thousands of crews around the state to be in position to turn on the lights wherever power was disrupted.
While the entire state felt the wrath of Irma and left many residents in the dark for a few hours or a couple of days, residents in older tree canopy-filled communities like Victoria Park in Fort Lauderdale, and the city of Coral Gables, were left without power for many days.
Most communities have had their power restored, but there are still some that have not, which has prompted a backlash against all utilities companies including FPL.
In all fairness, how much faster could FPL and other utility companies have worked consider the magnitude of the damage the storm caused?
Gov. Scott, who has been touring the most affected areas of the state is reassuring Floridians that state employees and utility companies are working at a fever pitch to restore normalcy to all those Floridians still affected by Hurricane Irma.
Scott’s executive office responded to the Shark Tank’s request for comment regarding the ongoing recovery efforts around the state.
“Governor Scott knows utilities across the state are working around the clock to restore power. Our office has continued to stay in constant communication with utility companies to ensure that everyone gets their power back on so they can return to normal life.”