Millions Of Floridians Still Without Power, Water

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Weds. Oct. 26, 2005: As night fall fell here last night, many South Floridians had to settle for another dark night since despite working overtime, the Florida Power & Light company only managed to restore electric service to more than 400,000 of the approximately 3.2 million customers left without power by Hurricane Wilma.

FPL yesterday said it expects to complete power restoration to virtually all customers in the west coast areas of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, as well as North Brevard county on the east coast by the end of today. But in all other areas, FPL expects to complete power restoration within two weeks or by November 15.

A tough pill to swallow for many, who spent yesterday trying to obtain ice, water and other foodstuff or gasoline to run their cars while also turning to the clean up task at hand.

In Broward County, home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants, there is still no water flowing from taps. Normal Broward County government operations remain closed, as are schools, colleges, the airports and the EverGlades.

However, food and water is being distributed at the Salvation Army at 1445 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and in Lauderhill at the Old K-mart building, 1000 State Road 7 (Northeast corner of State Road 7 and West Sunrise Boulevard), among several other places across the County. –