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Sanibel City offices closed for general operations

By Staff | Aug 28, 2017

Due to many city employees living off-island in flooded neighborhoods and some who have experienced flooding of their personal homes combined with the forecast of additional rain over the next 24 hours, City Manager Judith Zimomra has announced that Monday, Aug. 28, Sanibel City Hall will close for general business. The Sanibel Police, Public Works and Utilities Department, as well as the City Manager’s office will be open for business.

The following City of Sanibel offices will be closed on Monday, Aug. 28:

* The Planning Department

* The Finance Department

* The Natural Resources Department

* Legislative Services

* Recreation Center (Both the Center 4 Life & the Recreation Center)

* The Building Department

“Since Friday our community has received more than 12.32 inches of rain,” Mayor Kevin Ruane said. “Unfortunately this rain event has not concluded and more rain is predicted for overnight and tomorrow. I have toured the city. Even though we have areas with standing water and very isolated areas of flooding overall, our infrastructure has done well thus far. On behalf of City Council and all our citizens we appreciate the work of our Public Works, Utilities and Police Department employees who have been at their tasks since this event began on Friday.”

“The citizens and visitors of Sanibel are strongly urged to continue to follow weather updates closely until this event concludes. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the residents of Texas and to our neighbors of Lee County in the hardest hit areas.”

Sanibel has received a total of 12.32 inches of rain over the past three days as of 9 p.m. Sunday. The reading is taken at the City’s Donax Sanitary Sewer facility.

At this time all Sanibel roadways remain passable with caution. Many Sanibel roadways do have several inches of standing water, but may be driven across with care. Crews from the City’s Public Works and Utilities Departments remain on duty and deployed responding to rain related issues.