FORT MYERS, FL (September 7, 2017) – The City of Fort Myers is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma as it advances towards the Florida peninsula. The City has announced that Fort Myers City Government offices, including utility billing and recreation facilities, will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017. Recreation Facilities will also be closed through the weekend. No determination has been made yet about City operations on Monday.
Solid Waste crews will continue sanitation pickup on Friday. A separate announcement will be made about the sanitation pickup schedule.
Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm in the Carribbean, with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. Most of Florida is within Irma’s five-day forecast cone, and much of Southwest Florida is within the three-day cone.
Portions of southern Lee County are under a Hurricane Watch, and the Fort Myers area is expected to be under a Hurricane Watch in the near future. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
At this time, City crews are positioning equipment and supplies for eventual hurricane response efforts. Crews also continue to clear the City’s stormwater system to reduce the potential of flooding with high levels of rain expected over the weekend.
Citizens are urged to implement their hurricane plans and continue securing their homes in anticipation of this storm. Mandatory evacuations have not been announced by Lee County, however citizens who anticipate evacuating should do so sooner rather than later.
Free, self-service sand is available for Fort Myers residents at five locations. Residents are asked to provide their own sand bags and shovels for use at:
•Shady Oaks Park - 3300 Marion St.
•Alliance for the Arts - 10091 McGregor Blvd.
•Fire Department Training Facility - 4540 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
•Atlantic Coast Line train station/Fire Station No. 1 - 2300 Peck St.
•Fire Station No. 5. - 9700 Treeline Ave.
Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Red, an emergency community notification service. A link to Code Red’s signup page can be found at www.cityftmyers.com. Additionally, smartphone users can download the Code Red mobile application through iTunes or Google Play. A direct link to the Code Red signup page can also be found here: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/35B9EAD73F60.
Citizens with questions or who need information are encouraged to call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. United Way 2-1-1 staff will assist by providing information from the Lee County Operations Center. The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day. The City Call Center is also open for those who need assistance: 239-321-8100. Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.
The City will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and issue more updates as the storm approaches Florida.