Hurricane Ian update from Lee County for Friday afternoon, Oct. 7
Lee County lifts countywide curfew; municipal curfews may remain
Fort Myers, FL, Oct. 7, 2022 – Lee County has rescinded the countywide curfew put in place immediately following Hurricane Ian. A curfew remains in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily on Pine Island and Captiva.
The Lee County School District aims to resume classes on October 17th.
Here is a recap of today’s updates:
· The Boil Water Notice is still in place for your protection and public health. It will continue until further notice.
· As water service normalizes, customers should be aware that we may experience some issues on the wastewater side. Please report any leaks to your utility provider.
Road safety and traffic signal restoration efforts:
· 75% of county’s roughly 450 signals are functioning. Please remember an intersection is a four way stop when traffic signals are not working or flashing.
· Crews from Lee County Department of Transportation continue to assess area roads and bridges. The following bridges are closed: Sanibel Causeway, New Pass, Big Carlos Pass Bridge and Big Hickory Pass Bridge.
Shelters: There are about 900 people currently in our shelters.
· Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero
· Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
Closing this afternoon:
· South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road
Services for residents:
· Free food and water –
Nine active Points of Distribution, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Bonita Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
Kelly Road Soccer Complex, 10750 Kelly Road, Fort Myers
Cape Coral Sports Complex, 1410 Sports Blvd., Cape Coral
Cape Coral Leonard Street, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral
Coral Oaks Golf Course, 1800 Northwest 28th Ave., Cape Coral
Estero High School Ballfield Park, 9100 Williams Road, Estero
North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers
Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres
Yesterday, Oct. 6, more than 21,200 people were served.
Resource centers –
· Multi-Agency Resource Center at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Co-located with Disaster Recovery Center at Lakes Regional Library.
Participating organizations onsite include:
Property insurance companies
Local and state government offices (with the ability to replace driver’s licenses, birth certificates, etc.)
Mental healthcare providers
View participating agencies at www.leegov.com
Also available is the Initial Payment Center operated by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Policyholders can meet directly with their insurance companies to file claims. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, insurance carriers will focus on the immediate needs of policy holders by providing resources for specific items including living expenses.
Residents should check in with staff upon arrival at the Lakes Regional Library site to easily locate the resources they need.
· An additional Disaster Recovery Center also opened today at 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers.
Temporary housing –
· A key place to start for temporary housing is registering for FEMA individual assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. It can provide temporary rental assistance.
· Other federal programs will be made available. Lee County will work with the federal government as well as state and local partners to support displaced residents.
· Lee County departmental staff, such as Human & Veteran Services, are already actively making plans to help residents in shelters transition to housing.
Damage assessment estimates –
· Damage assessment efforts are still ongoing.
· More than 50 trucks with trailers on the road and 50 more on the way to collect debris.
· Four sites to self-haul debris are still open. Visit leegov.com/storm for locations.
· While staying at home and cleaning storm-related yard waste:
Stack it separately from garbage or building debris.
Yard waste does not need to be bundled after the storm.
Place it in piles that can easily be managed by collection personnel with a claw truck.
Do not place any waste below overhead obstacles such as trees or powerlines or near hydrants or mailboxes.
Debris info for Pine Island specifically –
· Waste Pro, Lee County’s contracted hauler for Pine Island, will be on Pine Island on Monday, Oct. 10, to collect household garbage. This collection to help with the health and safety of residents.
· If residents live on a road that is inaccessible to truck traffic, they can bring garbage sealed in plastic bags to the closest accessible point. Waste Pro crews will handle it from there.
· Trucks will begin rolling at daylight and will spend the day on Pine Island to remove household garbage.
· Structural and vegetative debris will be collected in the near future by the county’s contracted emergency debris hauler.
Marine update –
· The US Coast Guard urges you to report observations of oil spills and discharges of hazardous materials should be reported to the National Response Center. Visit our website for contact information.
· Removing debris from coastal waters is going to be a long process and we are working with our state partners to accomplish that task.
· Lee County Parks and Recreation boat ramps remain closed until further notice.
Lee County Parks –
· Please refrain from visiting our parks and playgrounds this weekend.
· County staff continue to assess our sites for safety.
Safety reminders –
· If you’re still using a generator, remember to keep it outdoors,10 to 20 feet away from the house.
· The mobile veterinary clinic located at Terry Park, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
· The lost and found department at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services is open to reunite pets with their families.
Hospitality and tourism –
· Southwest Florida International Airport reopened this week with limited operations.
· Visitor & Convention Bureau staff is reaching out to our hotel partners to accommodate first responders during this time of recovery.
· Monetary donations can be made at www.leegov.com/storm; click on the red “donate” button. Please do not bring donated items to hurricane shelters.
· Contact UnitedWay for volunteer opportunities at 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900.
Lee County opened an Emergency Building, Driveway, ROW and Well Repair Permitting operation post-Hurricane Ian earlier this week on the first floor of 2115 Second St., downtown Fort Myers.
Homeowners and Contractors need to know the following information prior to arriving at the site:
· Unincorporated Lee County will open ALL Building, Driveway, ROW, and Well Repair Permitting Services beginning Monday, Oct. 10.
· For building permits, hours and dates will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
· For well-repair permits, hours and days will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.
· Permitting is prioritizing repairs to existing habitable buildings and repair to wells due to Hurricane Ian. Other permit applications will be processed but will be done so as resources allow.
· ALL inspections will resume Monday, Oct. 10, with priority given to Hurricane Ian- related repair. Next day inspections may not be possible. Fire Districts may not be performing inspections.
· Permit fees waived for permits for repair of Hurricane Damage until further notice.
· Lee County is working diligently to bring back Building Services in a responsible way to assist residents and businesses to the maximum extent possible by maximizing resources to help the most customers possible.
· A specific landing page has been set up for more information: www.leegov.com/dcd/BldPermitServ/AppsProcd/EmergProcd
· Contractors who typically file for permits online are asked to continue to use that process. The temporary emergency operation location is intended for homeowners.
Update regarding travel to Matlacha-Pine Island
Lee County would like to share with the public an update related to access to the Matlacha-Pine Island area. The following is from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office:
In the interest of rebuilding Matlacha-Pine Island as quickly as possible, today LCSO is removing processes that slowed westbound traffic Thursday when the road and bridges reopened. Those processes reduced the efficiently of rebuilding the infrastructure of the island for residents in need.
However, residents should not be concerned about safety or property, as LCSO has reallocated additional resources to the island for the protection of life and property beginning immediately. LCSO will also coordinate with its multi-jurisdictional law enforcement partners to further enhance safety for Pine Island residents.
Be aware, when people on the island encounter law enforcement, they may be asked for documentation. Be aware of the following:
· Residents should have a driver’s license, utility bill, lease or other proof of residency with them.
· Supply vendors – such as those with water, fuel and groceries – will need to present an Emergency Operations Center-issued mission number.
· Those who are contractors for individual property owners and those who are with insurance companies, etc, will need to show documentation that states the address with which they are affiliated.
Law enforcement will not be checking Public Safety personnel or utility providers, tele-communications companies and garbage/debris haulers.
This is effective immediately. As needed, LCSO will evaluate the need to implement further restrictions to meet the needs of the island residents.
Background: The roadway and temporary bridges installed by the Florida Department of Transportation opened Wednesday afternoon.
Lee County adjusts shelter operations; space remains for residents in need
Lee County is consolidating its shelter operations today to adjust for the shelter population. The remaining shelters still have space for people in need.
The shelters remaining open are:
· Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
· Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
The residents staying in the following shelter will be relocated the Estero Recreation Center:
· South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers
Evacuees will have the option of moving using their own vehicles or LeeTran shuttles.