LABELLE, FL. -- At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the power went out in downtown
LaBelle and parts of Glades county due to a power tranformer on Bridge
Street. Unfortunately, the Emergency Operations Center at the Hendry
Sheriff's office also lost power. And unfortunately as well, the emergency
generator at the Sheriff's office apparently doesn't power up the Emergency
Center. Some emergency volunteers had to go outside to operate their battery
At the same time, power went off at the Special Needs Emergency Shelter at
the VFW hall on SR29. The staff manning the shelter were unable to get the
generator to power the building for about 45 minutes.
In Muse, at the Emergency Shelter for Glades county, the power went out as
well for the 76 people there, and the staff could not get the emergency
generator running. The biggest problem might have been the task of getting
to the bathroom at the Muse Community Center in the dark.