Last Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis cooked breakfast for first responders dealing with the recovery efforts in Charlotte County in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, September 28, bringing with it brutal winds and rain, becoming one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in history.
The storm caused extensive flooding in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and other parts of Lee and Charlotte counties, leaving over 2.5 million without power. Bridges to barrier islands were washed out and roadways flooded.
The following Saturday, DeSantis was at the Punta Gorda Waffle House, one of the first area restaurants to reopen after the storm where he worked the grill like a pro, cooking breakfast for the linemen restoring power in Charlotte County.
— holly gregory (@hollygregory33) October 1, 2022
According to the governor’s office, 42,000 linemen were deployed to restore power in the affected regions of the state.
By last Saturday, over 1,000 members of search and rescue teams had made over 1,100 rescues, nearly 200 of those were done by helicopter.
Last Monday, around 130 Florida DOT trucks began work on the construction of a temporary bridge to Pine Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The governor said the temporary bridge was expected to be completed by the end of the week. But on Wednesday, the Governor announced that the bridge had been completed two days ahead of schedule and traffic was once against flowing to Pine Island.
Construction on the Pine Island bridge has been completed today – just three days after construction began.
Happy to have the state step in and help get our Pine Island residents back on their feet. pic.twitter.com/a8GqPoHtP1
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 6, 2022
By last Tuesday, only about 500,000 people remained without power. However, Florida Power and Light expected to have power restored to 95 percent of the affected areas by the end of the day on Friday.
By Thursday, power had been restored to approximately 2.1 million people.
And by Sunday, 97.79 percent of power had been restored.