FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the wake of days of relentless rains and localized flooding, the City of Fort Myers provided an update Monday to local recovery efforts.
According to city officials, as conditions improve at the Ten Mile Canal and Six Mile Cypress watersheds, standing water in developments east of I-75 will continue to recede as long as weather conditions improve.
The Ten Mile Canal and Six Mile Cypress watersheds have had over 30 inches of rain in the last 4 days. That is approximately 60 percent of the average annual rainfall. This impacts areas from the North Colonial Watershed to the south and east.
The western part of the City has received 18 inches of rainfall approximately 55 percent of the average annual rainfall.
Residents will see an increased Police, Fire and Public Works presence in areas impacted by standing water. City staff will continue to monitor conditions through Wednesday. Additional police, fire and public works staff were on duty Sunday to manage water flow and safety concerns.
Public Works monitored outflows to the river and adjusted weir structures to provide relief to the drainage system in conjunction with South Florida Water Management District. One water main break was repaired.
Major intersections throughout the City are open.
Code Enforcement is evaluating facilities within the City at this time.
Sand and sandbags are available at the Fire Station 1 (2033 Jackson St.) and Fire Station 5 (9700 Treeline).
The City Shelter at Dunbar Middle School is closing.
City Government is open Monday for regular business including solid waste pick-up.
The STARS Complex is open Monday and following their normal school is closed schedule.
To report flooding in other areas not mentioned here, the City has set up a Call Center: 239-321-8100. Mayor Henderson, the City Manager and City Council are following minute-by-minute reports from County and City personnel, and urge anyone who needs assistance to call the City’s Call Center.
Please use 911 only for life safety emergencies.