Car wash can't reopen due lack of power

Business owner pleads for power from FPL

By Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Ryan Cain's car wash still doesn’t have power after Hurricane Irma.

"Generally, you can’t hear yourself in this room,” Cain said, while walking in a back room that houses an engine. 

Majestic Car Wash owner Ryan Cain hasn't had power at his business for nine days, while it appears all the neighboring businesses do.

"FPL keeps dragging us along day, by day, by day. It’s going to be Sunday, then Monday, Tuesday, here we are Wednesday and no answers, no truck," he said.

Cain was reluctant to complain about his power problems on camera but he feels bad for his employees because he has had to close.

"Look, I get it. There is a lot of heartache out there," he said. "It may be one house. It may be five houses but it is 16 employees."

He is also losing a lot of business.

"Here is a customer right now," Cain said, pointing at a truck pulling up to the car wash. "It happens all day. It is killing me."

He said the lack of power is costing him somewhere between $30,000 to $40,000 a week.

Meanwhile, his competition is cleaning up.

For now, Cain said he is expecting to install a generator and will continue to call for linemen to restore his power.

 

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