Published: Nov 15, 2010 1:08 AM EST
Updated: Nov 14, 2010 9:59 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - TECO is beefing up manpower. Two hundred workers are now trying to repair gas service across Lee and Collier Counties. 

So far, 85% of homes and businesses have been visited. Out of 7,200 customers impacted, crews have restored service to about a thousand. 

It's takign a long time because crews first have to visit the impacted meters to make sure they're safe to turn on.    

Homeowners may be waiting the longest to get gas service back. TECO is giving top priority to restaurants and businesses because of the economic impact.

Restaurant managers tell WINK they could lose up to $50,000 this weekend.     

There are only 12 workers on call on a normal Sunday afternoon. Today, there are 200, and they are going to every business and home in the area to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

But TECO officials are asking customers for patience. It's a long and tedious process, and they want to make sure everyone is safe.

Today, the company primarily restored gas to businesses near Gladiolis Drive, all the way to Williams Road in Lee County.

For a list of places TECO will be visiting throughout the week, visit