Published: Nov 16, 2010 4:02 PM EST
Updated: Nov 16, 2010 12:16 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Peoples Gas crews and additional personnel continued making good progress in restoring gas to customers throughout the Ft. Myers and Naples area, returning service to 920 commercial customers and 990 residential customers by 4 p.m. Monday.

Having shut off and locked down the meters of 100 percent of our customers affected by last Thursday’s natural gas main break, the company expects to focus on restoring gas service to several neighborhoods Tuesday.

They are: West Bay, Bella Largo, Miromar Lakes (East), Miromar Lakes (West), The Rookery, Pelican Preserve, Gateway

Peoples Gas crews must enter a customer’s home or business to restore gas service and re-light pilots. The company encourages customers to have someone at least 18 years of age available at their home or business to allow crews to enter and take the necessary steps to begin the restoration process. If someone is not present, crews will leave a door hanger asking the customer to call.

“I would like to personally thank our customers in Lee County and Collier County for their patience while we work to safely restore their gas service,” said Peoples Gas President Gordon Gillette, who talked to the media early Monday in Ft. Myers. “Our focus is on visiting every location to re-light the pilot lights and restore service by Thursday or Friday of this week.”

Over the next several days, customers can expect a telephone call from Peoples Gas that will let them know the crews will be restoring gas service in their neighborhood. If customers believe they missed the call, they will be able to find the list of neighborhoods being work on the website, peoplesgas.com.