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Lee County shelters are open; all welcome pets

Posted: 3:10 PM, Sep 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-10 07:08:48-04
Lee Co. to begin evacuations and open shelters
Lee Co. to begin evacuations and open shelters
Lee Co. to begin evacuations and open shelters

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- County officials have announced that mandatory evacuations for some areas began Friday morning, and shelters are now open.

NOTE: Pets are welcome at all shelters. Evacuees are reminded to bring crates or at least have pets on leashes.? 

UPDATE (6:30AM Sundya): THESE SHELTERS STILL HAVE SPACE

  • Mirror Lakes Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Elementary
  • Veteran's Park Rec Center

UPDATE (4PM Saturday): THESE SHELTERS STILL HAVE SPACE

  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everglades Parkway, Estero
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary School, 525 Charwood Ave. South, Lehigh Acres
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, 1856 Arts Way, North Fort Myers
  • Veterans Park Recreation Center, 49 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres?
  • Lee County High Tech Center North, 360 Santa Barbara Boulevard North, Cape Coral
     

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As of 3pm Saturday, these shelters have space:

•Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, 4600 Challenger Blvd., Fort Myers

• FGCU's Alico Arena, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Estero 

• Germain Arena, 11000 Everglades Parkway, Estero

• Mirror Lakes Elementary School, 525 Charwood Ave. South, Lehigh Acres

• North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, 1856 Arts Way, North Fort Myers

• Harns Marsh Elementary School, 1800 Unice Avenue N, Lehigh Acre

The following shelters are nearly full:

•East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave. Lehigh Acres

•Harns Marsh MIddle School, 1820 Unice Ave. North Lehigh Acres

•Oak Hammock Middle School, Fort Myers?

The following shelters are full:

•Estero Recreation Center 

•Varsity Lakes Middle School

•Island Coast High School

•South Fort Myers High School
 

FULL LIST OF EVACUATIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

TRANSIT INFO -- LeeTran buses began transporting people to open evacuation shelters at 9 a.m.; all fares will be suspended for both Passport and Fixed Route buses.
 
To be transported to a shelter, all passengers can board the bus at any stop, and then need to exit the bus at a designated Shelter Transfer location. Passengers can also board the bus from dedicated pickup locations on Sanibel Island and Pine Island.
 
From  the Shelter Transfer location, another dedicated bus will take passengers to the closest open evacuation shelter.
 
Regular transit service will continue to run at this time as well. LeeTran buses will remain running until winds reach approximately 40mph.