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Lee County working to set up distribution centers for water, essentials

By Staff | Sep 13, 2017

Lee County Emergency Management was working on locations to set up points of distribution where residents can come for water and other essential items Wednesday afternoon.

Location details will be released soon, officials said, adding it’s anticipated multiple sites will be announced.

Emergency Management also is working with partners to set up a Disaster Recovery Center.

“This will be a physical location where impacted residents who have signed up for FEMA assistance can walk in and apply for State and Federal Assistance,” officials said in a release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Many roads in the community are still flooded and may be impassible. Drivers are urged to observe warning signs and do not drive through standing water. A list of roads where caution is needed may be found www.leeeoc.com. Intersections without working traffic signals must be treated as four-way stops.

The county is transitioning out of the Germain Arena shelter to the three other available shelters at Alico Arena, Dunbar Middle School and North Fort Myers Recreation Center. There are about 600 residents in these shelters.

Trash pick-up is occurring where trucks can get through. Lee County Solid Waste has resumed normal schedule days for residential customers for household waste only. Another update will be forthcoming on debris removal.

For wellbeing checks, please continue to call 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. Do not call 9-1-1 for wellbeing checks.