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Lee County Emergency Management provides update

September 18, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Emergency Management provided the following update on LeeTran, Department of Transportation, Solid Waste, shelters, long-term recovery efforts and more.


LeeTran (Lee County Transit) resumed normal schedules and operations today.


Lee County DOT has brought back online 411 of the 427 traffic signals countywide. Some have power restored; some are on generators.

DOT has begun work on traffic sign replacement. Crews also continue to clear catch basins and culverts in areas still impacted by standing water.

Solid Waste

Lee County Solid Waste storm debris collection started over the weekend and continues this week. More debris pickup information will be forthcoming.

Lee County Solid Waste last week restored normal collection schedules for household pickup, and this week is adding recycling pickup back into the normal collection schedules. Horticulture pickup will resume on schedule next week.

Emergency Operations

Lee County Emergency Operations has downgraded from a Level 1 activation to a Level 2 activation, which means 24-hour shifts are reduced to 12-hour shifts at EOC.

Shelters and cleanup

The population of evacuees at the two remaining shelters - North Fort Myers Recreation Center and Estero Recreation Center - continues to decline.

The American Red Cross is working with power companies to verify the homes of evacuees are with power, and LeeTran is offering transportation to evacuees once they have power restored and are able to go home.

Cooling stations are open throughout the county at various sites, including faith-based organizations.

Cleanup continues at schools and other sites that were used as shelters during Irma. Contracts with cleaning companies are in place and clean-up underway. Buildings used as shelters will be returned to their pre-storm condition as soon as possible.

Recovery efforts

Long-term recovery efforts are underway, including coordination with United Way and partner agencies and Disaster Recovery Center planning. Announcements from FEMA related to DRCs locations and opening dates will be forthcoming.

Source: Lee County



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