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JEA crews provide mutual aid to restore Sanibel Island

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — JEA is sending crews out and providing mutual aid to restore Sanibel Island’s wastewater system, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ian. JEA’s first group of 39 crew members deployed to the barrier island on October 10. They were replaced with a second group last week, and the third wave of JEA Water / Wastewater crews left on Monday for another seven-day stretch.

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Next week, JEA will decide whether we need to send another crew to complete the work.

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In the past two weeks, the crews have completed an assessment of the wastewater system, and the restoration phase is under way. Because there is no grid electric power and the pump station electrical components sustained extensive damage, JEA teams are staging and connecting generators to power the pump stations.

Crews have replaced and repaired damaged pipes and continue to clear the wastewater system. Residents are returning to the island, and JEA’s goal is to ensure the wastewater collection system is functioning well enough to prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

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