Going on four months
and still living without power is the reality for people
living in the Davis Woods condos in Iona.
After Hurricane Ian,
many in Southwest Florida turned to generators to power
their homes. But four months after the storm, Jerry still
lives off a generator.
“I haven’t had electricity in the last four…maybe almost
four and a half months,” Jerry said.
Jerry and his neighbors at the Davis Woods condominiums
haven’t had power since Sep. 28, when Ian hit.
“The trailer park across the street got
electricity…Everybody’s got electricity. We don’t,” Jerry
Jodi Wampfler, Jerry’s
neighbor, has been living with a friend ever since the
“It’s horrible. living out of a suitcase,” Wampfler said.
While the first-floor condos had to be gutted from the
damage, Wampfler said that despite not having power, her
unit on the second floor is in good shape.
“We’ve been told for months and months that electrifying the
second floor should be will be priority. It will be
happening, you know, next week or the week after. And every
week, we just wake up to Monday morning starting over with
the same message,” Wampfler said.
Wampfler said that a lack of housing options left many
residents with no choice but to stay where they are.
“If they buy a sandwich, they have to throw it away the next
day because there’s no refrigerators. And so it’s just, it’s
a day-by-day struggle. I think some of them are pretty much
hour-by-hour. I know they don’t get sleep at night,”
Sadly, Jerry agrees.
“Here I am, struggling for survival,” Jerry said.
“Just makes me sad. Scared for him,” Wampfler said.
Lee County said several permits had been issued for
buildings in that complex. But it cannot do any inspections
until contractors reach out to schedule them.
WINK News reached out to Schoo Association Management which
runs Davis Woods but WINK News has not gotten a response.