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FPL meets with residents plagued with outages

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - People frustrated with flickers and power outages in the Acreage and Loxahatchee are demanding answers. On Thursday they put FPL in the hot seat asking representatives why this is happening.

Ken Bell lives in Loxahatchee and says he’s lost power so many times he stopped counting.

 “It could last five minutes, a couple of hours, or enough to make the digital clocks go out,” Bell said.

Every time Bell calls the utility, he says representatives tell him its vegetation hitting a line or a squirrel. But after 12 years of losing his power at different times, he says he's not buying it.

“These are conditions that everybody in the United States has, and they don’t have these issues.”

The area experiencing the outages is between Southern Boulevard, County Road 809, Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and 60th Street.

Alice Lopresti lives in this area and on Thursday she showed representatives from FPL the number of times the lights flicker or an outage has affected her house. This year alone 41 times.

Outages or surges has caused thousands in damages for some; one man lost two TVs this year, another complains of spending hundreds in repairs.

More than two dozen in attendance say the meeting left them with more questions than answers. FPL says they are fixing the problems.

“Well there are a number of issues, one of them is them being proactive about the vegetation, and trimming, we are doing more trimming,” Bill Orlove, spokesman for FPL said.

The utility is making upgrades to the more than 13,000 poles in this area alone. So far they’ve replaced or reinforced more than 700 of them.

Lopresti says that is the issue needing more attention, workers have told her.

“They flat-out said, our equipment is antiquated,” Lopresti said.

At the end of the meeting FPL took names of the people in which they were told that someone would be touch with them. FPL also promised an update on the continued problems after the first three months of the year. 

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