Reactions are mixed after power loss in Lake Worth
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.”