Lake Worth Beach residents left without power after iguana incident, Florida officials say

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Iguanas are capable of producing a wide variety of issues, including the interruption of electrical service.

Iguanas were to blame for a widespread power failure in Lake Worth Beach, according to a tweet sent out by the city late in the morning on Wednesday. The problem started at the substation located on Sixth Avenue in the city.

The city reported that consumers located in the South East region of its service area were impacted by the power outage.

At this time, LWB Electric Utility is working to restore power after a large-scale blackout at our 6th Avenue Substation was caused by an iguana. Customers in the south-east region of our service territory are currently affected by this outage. Our employees are putting forth a lot of effort to restore the system and fix the harm that was caused.

The following was posted on Twitter by Lake Worth Beach (@LakeWorthBchPBC) on December 7, 2022:

According to Jason Bailey, who serves as the assistant director of system operations for Lake Worth Beach, the power was back on in thirty-five minutes.

Ben Kerr, a spokeswoman for the city, claimed that 1,431 customers were affected by the power outage.

According to Kerr, an iguana “took down” the substation by climbing on top of a transformer and destroying it.

He stated that they have a team that has been striving to find solutions to problems caused by wildlife that can affect the electricity grid.

According to Kerr, the city is in the process of carrying out a system hardening and reliability improvement initiative right now in order to address issues of this nature.

In a statement, Kerr said, “The iguanas are a particularly challenging issue, but one that we, and other utilities, are tackling.”

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, green iguanas are not native to the state of Florida and have the potential to inflict harm to residential and commercial landscaping flora.

In addition, professionals who study wildlife claim that the reptiles can cause harm to infrastructure by digging tunnels that corrode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms, and canal banks.

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