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Posted on: August 30, 2019

City Declares State of Local Emergency

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FORT MYERS, FL (Aug. 30, 2019) – Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson and city council members declared a state of local emergency for the City of Fort Myers today due to the progression and magnitude of Hurricane Dorian.

Depending on the severity and duration of the storm, tropical storm force winds and rain could cause damage to public utilities, communications systems, streets and roads, public drainage systems, and commercial and residential buildings. The state of local emergency proclamation activates municipal disaster emergency plans and provides the city with authority to distribute supplies, equipment and materials, and utilize facilities where needed.

Sandbag fill locations have been set up for city residents at the following locations beginning at 2:00 p.m. today. Residents should bring their own shovel. There is a 10-sandbag limit per household.

  • Fire Station #1 (adjacent lot) at 2055 Central Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33901
  • Shady Oaks Park, 3300 Marion Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33916
  • Fire Station 5, 9700 Treeline Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33913

Solid Waste pickup schedule:

The city’s last regularly scheduled Solid Waste pickup will be on Saturday, August 31. There will be no collection of trash, yard waste or recycling on Monday and Tuesday. The city will make an announcement related to collections in advance of Wednesday.

Important phone numbers:

  • The 2-1-1 United Way information and referral hotline to address citizen needs will be activated at 3:30 p.m. today, August 30.
  • Please report blocked ditches, swales, canals and areas of local flooding to the city at 239-321-8100. The same number can be used for solid waste questions. Lift station emergency alarms can be reported by providing the number stenciled on the lift station control box and the street name.
  • Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.

While it is still too early to determine the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian in Fort Myers, residents can prepare for hurricane conditions by making sure that every household has an emergency plan and necessary supplies. Citizens should stay alert to changes in the forecast and monitor local media for storm updates.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for AlertLee, an emergency notification service (http://alertlee.com/). In addition, smartphone users can download the LeePrepares mobile application. Residents should sign up now to receive updates on potentially life-saving information that can include hurricane warnings (wind), storm surge warnings (water) and evacuation orders.

The city continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will issue more updates as the storm approaches Southwest Florida.

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