Lee County, Florida, Weather Report For The Afternoon Of November 9 Due To Tropical Storm Nicole!

Tropical Storm Nicole update from Lee County

The county government of Lee, Florida, along with their state and federal partners, are still keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Nicole.

The National Hurricane Center and www.leegov.com/storm will post updates, but residents should also keep an eye on the forecasts of local meteorologists. Check out www.facebook.com/leecountyflbocc to keep up with the latest from Lee County Government on social media.

As usual, city offices will be operating on Thursday, November 10.

Garbage and recyclables will still be collected on Thursdays as usual by Solid Waste, but not until 8 a.m. Put away any trash cans and recycling bins for the night. If your garbage is usually picked up on Thursday, put them out on the curb then. At 8 a.m., the Buckingham waste-to-energy center will welcome the public.

Thursday morning’s LeeTran service start time has been pushed back to 7 a.m.

We’ve opened up our Emergency Operations Center and started staffing it. In preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole, no mandatory evacuations have been issued.

As a result of Hurricane Ian, many county residents are currently living in temporary housing, such as trailers, tents, or RVs. The following two shelters are accepting pets at this time. Guests are welcome at any time:

The Estero Recreation Center is located at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard; the North Fort Myers Recreation Center is located at 2000 North Recreation Park Way in North Fort Myers, Florida 33903.

• For those who need help getting to shelters, the county has activated its Emergency Transportation Plan, which uses LeeTran. People can go to any of the following designated LeeTran transfer locations today until 7 p.m. for a ride to a shelter. The service is free:
o Coconut Point Mall
o Constitution Boulevard and U.S. 41
o Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride
o Sanibel Tanger Outlets
o Edison Mall
o Rosa Parks Transportation Center
o Publix- Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres
o Publix- Cape Coral North
o Cape Coral Transfer Center
o Merchants Crossing

• If additional information is needed, call United Way’s Storm Hotline at 211 for help. Or call the LeeTran Customer Service at 239-533- 8726 or LeeTran Passport Services at 239-533-0300.

The Lee County DOT has issued a weather advisory, urging drivers to exercise caution. Drivers are advised to take extra caution in the event of localized flooding and to turn around if they come across any standing water. DOT workers are keeping a close eye on the condition of storm drains and roads in order to respond quickly to any flooding that may occur.

Shelters

Overnight, 105 people, 14 cats, and 4 dogs were housed in county shelters at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center and the Estero Recreation Center in preparation for Hurricane Nicole. Today at noon, all shelters will be closing.

Those who were picked up by LeeTran before Nicole will be assisted in getting back to the same transfer station.

Roadways

Roadways

According to the Lee County Department of Transportation, traffic signals across the county are back to pre-Nicole levels of operation. The county is still fixing up after Hurricane Ian.

The DOT advises drivers to exercise extreme caution when driving in rain. The Department of Transportation has workers keeping an eye on the roads and storm drains in case of any localized flooding.

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Debris And Trash

Since the Waste-to-Energy facility in Buckingham is operational, garbage and recyclables can be collected as usual on Thursdays for Solid Waste.

Debris And Trash

As of today, CrowderGulf, the county’s designated debris hauler, is open for business and will continue collecting trash.

Gateway residents, please note that the rescheduled date for the upcoming community meeting is Tuesday, November 15th.

Even though most government buildings will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, officials assured the public that garbage and recycling would be collected as usual and that the cleanup effort following Hurricane Ian would continue.

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Libraries And Parks

There are a number of libraries in Lee County that are open today, but only the Pine Island Public Library and the Johann Fust Community Library in Boca Grande are closed.

As a result of Hurricane Ian’s aftermath, some Lee County Parks & Recreation facilities are still inaccessible.

All of the following places are now available:

  • Alva Park
  • Brooks Park*
  • Buckingham Park*
  • Caloosahatchee Regional Park*
  • Charleston Park
  • Estero Park*
  • Harlem Heights Park
  • Hickey Creek Mitigation Park
  • Hunter Park*
  • John Yarbrough Linear Park
  • Judd Park
  • Karl J. Drews Park
  • Kurt Donaldson Park*
  • Lehigh Acres Park*
  • Lehigh Acres Trailhead Park
  • Manatee Park
  • Mary Moody Park
  • Miramar Park
  • Nalle Grade Park
  • North Fort Myers Park*
  • North Shore Park
  • Olga Park
  • Pineland Monument Park 
  • Pinewood Trails Park 
  • Schindler Hall Park
  • Shores Nature Trail Park
  • Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
  • Three Oaks Park*
  • Tropical Point Park 
  • Veterans Park
  • Waterway Park

Final Words

According to a Lee County representative, about 50 people have signed up to stay in North Fort Myers, while only about a dozen have registered to stay in Estero. The public is welcome to visit either shelter at any time, and pets are welcome at both.

With shelters set up in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the county has also activated its emergency transportation plan, sending LeeTran buses to transport residents.

Watson claims that he and his family have been homeless for six weeks, during which time they have stayed in several different shelters. He says it’s a little easier to bear now that his loved ones are there with him.

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