UPDATE: County declares local state of emergency
At about 5:30 p.m. today, Lee County reported that a state of local emergency is in effect. In addition, officials noted that there are no evacuation orders and no shelters open; it is too soon to say if evacuation orders and sheltering operations will occur.
At about 11:30 a.m. today, Lee County reported that there is no question Florida will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian based on the current forecasts, but to what degree Southwest Florida will be impacted remains uncertain.
Officials continued that:
This will be a long-duration event. The ground will become saturated. Expect localized flooding and potentially downed trees. Based on the work the county has done in the last two years post-Hurricane Irma, officials know local tributaries and flow ways are clear. DOT crews are out monitoring and clearing any recent debris.
It is too early to know exactly how severe wind impacts will be.
– Storm surge
It is too early to tell if Lee County will experience storm surge. The public should know that Lee County is as prepared as possible.
In addition, the county will declare a local state of emergency today. The United Way 211 hotline (to receive calls from the public and other duties) will be activated at 3:30 p.m. today. The Emergency Operations Center will move to a partial activation at 3:30 p.m. today. (Partial activation means limited key agencies involved in initial planning)
Shelters are not open at this time. Discussions will happen and decisions will be made about whether to open shelters over the next day or so. It is too soon to make that call today. The list of shelters on the EOC website is a list of what is available; it does not mean any or all will open. Announcements of what will open will come from EOC.
– Yard waste, recycling and trash
Lee County Solid Waste asks that the public do not place any yard waste at the curb this weekend. Regular trash, recycling and yard waste pick up will happen today and Aug. 31. The Lee County Buckingham Campus will be open to the public until noon Aug. 31. There will be no collection of trash, yard waste or recycling countywide – including all cities – on Sept. 2-3. The county will make an announcement related to collections in advance of Sept. 4.
LeeTran is monitoring Dorian and will continue to provide fixed bus route and paratransit services until further notice. LeeTran will deliver updates regularly through the EOC in order to notify the community of service-related updates.
– County offices
Today, all county locations are open with normal operating hours. Many county sites will be closed for Labor Day, Sept. 2. Updates about any potential closures for Sept. 3 will be released this weekend. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners meeting and budget hearing set for Sept. 3 are still planned; updates will be given this weekend if that changes.
– Keep updated
Watch the local media for weather forecasts.
Sign up for AlertLee at www.alertlee.com and download the mobile app, LeePrepares.
The updated All Hazards Guide is located at www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/ahg.
The Emergency Management website is www.LeeEOC.com.
For primary social media for updates, visit www.facebook.com/LCEMFL.