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Lee County offers updates on post-hurricane issues
September 13, 2017

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Lee County has released the following information:

Distribution points

Residents of Lee County who have been affected by Hurricane Irma can go to one of three points of distribution to receive food and water.

The points are:

- Villas Elementary, at 8385 Beacon Blvd., Fort Myers

- Flea Masters Flea Market, at 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers

- Lehigh Acres Fire Station 1, at 1000 Joel Blvd.

They are open today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These will be drive-up distribution locations, where the National Guard will be handing out Meals Ready-to-Eat and water.

More sites will be announced and opened Thursday in various areas.

In addition, the National Guard is making its way into communities in Lehigh and the City of Fort Myers to pass out food and water to those who are isolated.

There are several agencies also assisting with aid in the area. For a full list of organizations, go to: www.unitedwaylee.org.

Disaster Recovery Center

Emergency Management also is working with partners to set up a Disaster Recovery Center.

This will be a physical location where impacted residents who have signed up for FEMA assistance can walk in and apply for state and federal assistance.

Boil water notice

On Tuesday, Lee County Utilities lifted the precautionary boil water notice for all Lee County Utilities customers. (A notice remains in effect for some FGUA customers in Lehigh Acres. For information, visit: www.lehighacrescitizen.com/page/content.detail/id/541165/Irma-impacts-FGUA-systems-statewide.html?nav=5100)

Curfew

The curfew has been lifted for all areas of Lee County, except the Village of Estero, City of Bonita Spring and those areas that fall within the Lehigh Acres Fire District.

Curfew in those three places remains 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.

It prohibits all non-essential pedestrian and vehicular movement during those hours.

Those permitted to be out during the curfew are those providing essential services such as fire, police, emergency medical services, hospital services and utility emergency repairs.

Flooding

Many roads in the community are still flooded and may be impassible.

Today, Lee County DOT will increase the number of crews clearing debris off roads and streets in Lehigh Acres to 10 crews.

DOT's crew will continue to check Lehigh for drainage issues.

A list of roads where caution is needed is at: www.leeeoc.com.

Please observe warning signs and do not drive through standing water.

Intersections without working traffic signals must be treated as four-way stops.

Bridges

Bridges cleared by Lee County DOT for travel:

- Midpoint Bridge (Cape Coral-Fort Myers)

- Cape Coral Bridge (Cape Coral-Fort Myers)

- Big Hickory Pass Bridge (Bonita Beach area)

Prior to Hurricane Irma, Lee County suspended tolls for its three toll bridges; that suspension remains in effect until further notice.

Garbage collection

Lee County Solid Waste has resumed normal schedule days for residential customers for household waste only.

Trash pick-up is occurring where trucks can get through.

Household garbage should be bagged and containerized not exceeding 50 pounds.

The Waste to Energy Facility in Buckingham is open to all customers effective today.

Debris removal

An update will be forthcoming on debris removal.

When the announcement is made, visit: www.leegov.com/solidwaste/post-hurricane-debris-action-guidelines for guidance.

Generators

Lee County EMS reminds residents they must follow several safety rules while power restoration efforts are ongoing.

One of the most significant risks from generator use is carbon monoxide, or CO, poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of combustion.

The exhaust from generators contains this gas, and keeping the exhaust away from the home and any ventilation in to the home is imperative; never use a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage.

Residents should run generators in a well-ventilated, dry area away from intakes into the home and protected from rain; an ideal spot would be under a canopy away from the home or in an open, freestanding shed.

Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home as a protection against the gas emitted from generators.

Residents can call 239-337-2000 and request a free check of your generator exhaust.

Shelters

Lee County is transitioning out of the Germain Arena shelter to the three other available shelters at Alico Arena, Dunbar Middle School and North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

There are about 600 residents in the shelters.

Wellbeing check

For wellbeing checks, please continue to call 211 or 239-433-3900.

Do not call 911 for wellbeing checks.

Animal services

Lee County Domestic Animal Services continues to help shelter pets, including at the pet-friendly shelters for residents displaced from their homes. More than 100 animals now are registered in the shelters.

The ASPCA is sending a team from Miami-Dade to help rescue 30 cats and dogs from a structure surrounded by water on Buckingham Road. They will transport the pets to the facility on Banner Drive.

An ASPCA shelter team of a veterinarian and six staffers were also expected today to begin staffing the relief shelters so that LCDAS staff can begin to get the Banner Drive shelter running at full capacity.

Closings

The following county government offices will be closed the remainder of the week and will reopen Monday, Sept. 18:

- Lee County BoCC departments

- Lee Tax Collector

- Lee Clerk of Courts

- 20th Judicial Circuit Court, State Attorney's Office and Public Defender Office (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties)

Despite the closures, the Lee Board of County Commissioners' special meeting and budget hearing will still take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Old Courthouse in Fort Myers.

Source: Lee County Government

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