FORT MYERS, FL (September 11, 2017) – Fort Myers Fire, Police, and Public Works departments have completed preliminary inspections of the City, its structures, roadways, power lines, and flooding issues. Crews began a limited assessment shortly before midnight, and began full-time assessment and cleanup activities at daybreak. Crews worked along a preplanned grid system conducting a methodic survey of the City and created a database of issues facing the City and its residents.
At this time, major arteries and state roads have been cleared, providing access for first responders to support life, safety, and search and rescue missions. Crews continue to complete a city-wide damage assessment and have begun clearing secondary and neighborhood streets. City of Fort Myers solid waste (trash and recycling) pickups are suspended until further notice to allow personnel to assist with the storm cleanup efforts.
The initial survey identified more than 350 issues needing attention within the City limits. The issues include:
60 – Intersection issues (signals or impassable)
150 - Street issues
10 - Debris Areas
40 - Safety Conditions
72 – Powerline issues
22 – Compromised Structures
3 – Utility issues
Several major intersections have had power restored since the initial assessment, and numerous road blockages have been cleared. All citizens are asked to avoid unnecessary driving, as roadways still are hazardous. People that need to drive are asked to treat intersections without traffic signals as a four way stop. Do not drive straight through a traffic light that is not operating.
The Public Works department is requesting that residents and businesses practice responsible water conservation throughout the Hurricane Irma recovery period. Power outages like those experienced during Hurricane Irma create limiting conditions at water treatment plants. Outages can also disrupt activity at the lift stations that are used to send wastewater to treatment plants. These lift stations can overflow and even back up when overused during an emergency.
The City’s Public Works department encourages a number of responsible water conservation practices:
By conserving water, citizens will ensure that all of Fort Myers will have water and wastewater service through the emergency and recovery periods.
Citizens with questions about their water service may call the City call center at 239-321-8100. Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only. General information about the Hurricane emergency, shelters, and recovery efforts can call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day.
The City will continue to prepare for local recovery from Hurricane Irma and issue more updates.