Elderly and disabled residents at a Hilliard apartment complex remain without power a week after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity across Northeast Florida.
Officials at the Cantebury of Hilliard Apartments, which houses disabled, elderly and low-income residents, are trying to keep residents comfortable, but some said they can’t bear it any longer.
Several people were seen sitting outside Monday because they said it’s cooler than being inside with no air conditioning.
The complex had at least one generator running, but residents were growing increasingly impatient Monday as they waited for power to be restored. Florida Power & Light provides electricity to that part of Nassau County. An FPL representative told News4Jax that the apartment complex is on a line that has only been 20 percent restored, but the utility should have it back up and running tomorrow.
“It’s just hot, you know. It’s really frustrating,” resident Ronnie Wilson said. “I know there’s people that’s worse off than us, but you’ve still got a lot of elderly here, too. If it wasn’t for the landlord, some of them wouldn’t have ice, because everybody’s food has gone bad. Everybody.”
Wilson said he is battling a medical condition himself and is trying to be patient.
While some residents have left because they were unable to tolerate the rising temperatures, others had no choice but to stay.
“These old folks, they can’t stand this heat. It’s too much for them,” said Diana Harris, a friend of one of the residents. “Some of them don’t even have a place to go.”
Harris picked up her friend Monday to take her back to her house, which is in an area of town where power has already been restored.
“It hurts me to see all of these people like this,” Harris said. “They can’t cook. They can’t eat. They can’t take baths — some of them can’t. Some of them don’t even have friends.”
Crews from Texas could be seen working down the street from the complex on Monday.
“We’re on a fixed income, so it’s kind of tough,” Wilson said. “It really is.”
According to Nassau County Emergency Management, FPL reported Monday afternoon that power has been restored to 94 percent of its customers, with 1,290 homes still without electricity.
FPU and Okefenokee utilities, which serve other parts of Nassau County, reported 100 percent of customers had power restored.