Florida Power & Light crews have restored power to 89,400 customers since Tuesday's sub-tropical downpour flooded much of Dade County. At 4 p.m., FPL reported 2,600 customers still without power in scattered areas throughout Dade County.
FPL continues to work closely with the South Florida Water Management District to determine when crews can get into the flooded areas and restore power to customers. Crews will continue to assess the flooded areas and work in the affected areas until all customers are restored.
"We understand how much our customers depend on electricity to carry out their responsibilities and get through their day," said Armando Olivera, FPL senior vice president of power systems. "We want to reassure our customers who are currently without electricity that we will restore their power as soon as possible after the flood waters in their neighborhoods subside."
Some customers remain without power in south Broward County, primarily as a result of requests by local officials for FPL not to restore power until authorities have verified that flooded homes and businesses can safely receive it.
FPL cautions customers not to walk in standing water as downed power lines and other electrical equipment such as ground-level transformers may be obscured from view and still may be energized and dangerous. FPL is continuing efforts to phone customers in flooded areas to keep them posted on restoration status.
FPL cautions residential customers who may be returning to a flooded home to observe a few basic safety guidelines:
* If your home is flooded and you still have power, turn your power off at the main breaker in order to avoid a dangerous situation.
* If you have any doubts about the integrity of your home electrical system as a result of flooding, check with local officials or a licensed electrician.
* Do not stand in water when operating switches, plugging or unplugging appliances or resetting breakers or replacing fuses.
* Do not attempt to reset breakers or replace fuses until all water has receded. Use caution, since some circuits above the flood level may still be energized.
* If breakers will not reset and continue to trip, call a licensed electrician. This condition might indicate a short-circuit in your electrical system.
* Before re-plugging electrical appliances into wall sockets, be sure the appliances have been checked for water damage and all cords and other parts are dry.
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