Lee County Emergency Management has announced mandatory evacuations effectively immediately for Evacuation Zone A and portions of the Imperial River basin between East Terry, Bonita Beach Road and Interstate 75.
Evacuation Zone A includes:
- All of the barrier islands (previously announced on Thursday)
- Cape Coral west of Burnt Store Road and south of Cape Coral Parkway, east of Del Prado Boulevard to Viscaya Parkway
- North Fort Myers south of Bay Shore Road from Moody Road to State Road 31 and areas south of North River Road from State Road 31 to Fichters Creek.
- Areas of Iona south of Maple Drive, west of U.S. 41
- San Carlos Park west of U.S. 41,
- Estero west of U.S. 41, north of the Estero River
- Bonita Springs communities along Estero Bay and the Imperial River Basin.
The following shelters opened for evacuees at 9 a.m. Friday:
- East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres
- Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801 Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres
- Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres
- Oak Hammock Middle School, 5321 Tice St., Fort Myers
- Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral
- South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers
- Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero
Lee County Emergency Management offers tips for shelter stay
Fort Myers, FL, Sept. 9, 2017 – Lee County Emergency Management is reminding evacuees to make preparations before going to a shelter.
Shelters offer only simple necessities. It is possible that the electricity will go out during part of your stay in the shelter.
South Fort Myers High School and East Lee County High School are designated as pet-friendly shelters, but other shelters have some pet capacity through the efforts of Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Food and water generally will be available, but there may be a slight delay in initial service. If you want or need special food items, bring them with you.
Register with shelter staff when arriving and check out when leaving for any reason.
A positive attitude will be helpful to everyone. Going to a shelter in advance of a hurricane is stressful for all. Shelters are crowded and noisy. Being considerate will help remind others to do the same. Consider volunteering to help the shelter staff.
Some items recommended to bring to a shelter include:
- Drinking water
- Snacks or special foods
- Lawn chair or bed roll
- Books, magazines or electronic entertainment item with headphones
- Medications (prescription & over the counter)
- Change of clothing/personal hygiene items
Listen for official information and do not participate in rumors or gossip. Ask the shelter staff for clarification, if necessary.
Weapons, smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all shelters.
For more about preparing to evacuate, view a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucI7BIIjS2Y
In an emergency, dial 9-1-1
In an non-emergency, dial 2-1-1