CCFD:Late morning update, Monday, Sept. 11
CCFD UPDATE #13 – Late Morning Update
DATE: Monday, Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.
EMERGENCY SERVICES HAVE RESUMED AND ARE OPERATING NORMALLY.
There is NO city-wide boil water notice for Cape Coral.
A county-wide curfew (Cape Coral included) is still in effect from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m., until further notice. The curfew is meant to protect you from dangers that may not be evident during the daylight.
POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don’t return to your neighborhoods immediately after the storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear. We understand the urge to rush back and check the damage to your homes, but please have patience. Damage assessment and repair has already begun, and we will keep you updated on the safety and status of our roadways and bridges.
As with the flood a couple of weeks ago, there will be standing water. Please don’t play in it! This water can contain sewage, human waste, yard chemicals, dead animals, sharp debris from the storm…all things you don’t want to wade in or get cut by.
We are reiterating generator safety. Run your generator OUTSIDE, away from windows, NOT under an overhang or in the garage where deadly fumes can reach you. Don’t refuel a hot generator (gas can ignite) and don’t operate a generator in wet conditions to avoid electrocution.
If you’ve lost power (most of us have) and have no A/C, please stay hydrated. It’s hot and sticky out there…it comes with the Florida living (like hurricanes).
Debris crews are actively clearing roadways. Give yourself extra time as your “usual” route may be blocked.
Don’t drive through standing water, as even only a small amount can sweep your car away. Initial reports have our flooding much, much better than had been anticipated, but there’s still a lot of water out there.
Generators are being placed at some key intersections throughout the city to power traffic lights. Other intersections are being modified to not allow for left-turns. If there is no signal or officer at the intersection and the light is out, PLEASE TREAT THE INTERSECTION AS A 4-WAY STOP.
Midpoint Bridge and Cape Coral Bridge are cleared for traffic.
About half of the county remains without power, including traffic signals.
Treat all downed power lines as live! Call these in to LCEC at (239) 656-2300. Please only call 911 to report a downed powerline if it is threatening life safety.
Damage assessment has begun and crews are compiling the list of infrastructure that needs repair.
Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family. Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number for welfare checks, as they need to be available for emergency calls. We have initiated welfare checks, but please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours for us to complete all of the requests.
CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Today’s special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
City Hall is closed today and tomorrow (9/12). It will reopen for regular business on Wednesday (9/13)
Lee County and Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools are closed through the week. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18.
The Primary Election scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.
Solid waste collection is suspended for today.
The Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit has extended the closure of all courthouses through Friday, Sept. 15. The courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday, Sept. 18, subject to a further assessment of damages. This includes Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades counties.
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING:
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For the latest information visit www.capecoral.net/hurricane.
Updated safety information and tips can be found under the “Preparedness and Safety Tips” menu tab.
The EOC Emergency Information Center is available for residents who may have questions or are looking for information. Please dial 3-1-1.
If you have not already done so, please download the free Ping4alerts! App. This is the official application used by the City of Cape Coral for real-time, location-based, emergency alerts. You can learn more and download it at www.capecops.com/ping4.
Source: City of Cape Coral Fire Department