Re­ac­tions are mixed af­ter power loss in Lake Worth

The Palm Beach Post - - HURRICANE IRMA - By Kevin D. Thomp­son

LAKE WORTH — Close to 25,000 Lake Worth Util­i­ties cus­tomers have no power af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma hit the city Sun­day, but they’re han­dling it well.

“This is not some­thing we haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,” said Greg Rice. “It’s never fun, but we knew this was com­ing.”

Rice said he’s been con­cerned af­ter read­ing Face­book post­ings on how some Lake Worth res­i­dents want to over­throw the govern­ment be­cause of the power fail­ure.

“It’s hot and mis­er­able and we wish it was cooler, but we have to deal with it,” he said.

Maeva Re­naud said she’s been go­ing out­side more to spend time with neigh­bors who are not on their iPads.

“We’re en­joy­ing the breeze,” she said. “Be­ing able to re­ally en­gage with our neigh­bors and our com­mu­nity is some­thing we don’t get to do of­ten. This gives us an op­por­tu­nity to slow down.”

Mayor Pam Tri­olo said the city has four outof-state crews as­sess­ing the dam­age in Lake Worth.

“We’re go­ing down each and ev­ery cir­cuit to find out the dam­age,” Tri­olo said.

Some res­i­dents have been say­ing that the power could be out for a month.

The city’s goal, Tri­olo added, is to have most of the power back by the week­end.

“We’re only on Day 2 right now,” she said. “We’ll be work­ing around the clock on this thing.”

That brings a smile to Rebecca Hin­son’s face. “I’m very grate­ful my house was un­scathed,” she said. “It’s not fun deal­ing with­out power, but I’m not go­ing to whine about rough­ing it for a few weeks.”

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