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As expected, departmental operations of the Lee County government resumed today.

At around 8:45 a.m., authorities reported that county facilities and sites were open during normal hours.

Regularly scheduled garbage collection and LeeTran services operate on normal schedules.

Lee County Public Safety and Emergency Management personnel, County Department personnel and Emergency Operations Center partners continue to monitor and assess the impacts of Hurricane Elsa.

The county encourages residents and visitors to monitor National Weather Service advisories regarding reverse currents. Dangerous riptides are present all along the Gulf Coast and will continue to be so throughout the day. To better understand riptide conditions, visit www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent.

Motorists are advised to drive carefully until the weather improves and localized flooding subsides inland and in coastal areas. Turn around instead of crossing standing water. Residents wishing to report road flooding should first check if their street is county-maintained, then call 239-533-9400 or visit www.leegov.com/dot/requestforaction.

For additional storm updates, visit www.leegov.com/storm.

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UPDATE (July 6, 2021):

At around 1 p.m. today, Lee County reported that the National Weather Service had extended the tropical storm warning for Tropical Storm Elsa to include Lee County inland in addition to coastal Lee County. .

With weather forecast to deteriorate by mid-afternoon, the Lee County government will close its offices and facilities at 2 p.m. Employees who are not required for Elsa’s operations will be sent home.

LeeTran will continue to operate for those who require transportation.

Garbage collection on regular routes will continue until it is completed, which is expected to take place by mid-afternoon.

Lee County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps will remain open until all children can be picked up.

Information on the resumption of normal county operations will be communicated.

Monitor local media, check www.leegov.com/storm or follow the Lee County government on Facebook.

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ORIGINAL (July 6, 2021):

Lee County Public Safety-Emergency Management continues to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa and its precipitation as well as potential wind and tidal impacts today, officials reported.

The county is asking motorists to drive with caution today.

Lee County Natural Resources and Lee County Department of Transportation prepare for excessive rainfall events year round, especially during the traditional hurricane season.

DOT maintenance on drainage ditches, for example, helped prepare county roads for necessary drainage during rainy events. Expect a minor intersection and road flooding. During heavy rains, it will take time for the infrastructure to empty.

The county is asking the public to report blocked ditches, ditches, canals and local flood areas:

– First, to find out if your road is maintained by Lee County DOT, visit http://leegis.leegov.com/RoadLookup/. If not maintained by Lee County, find your municipal contact by visiting www.leegov.com/dcd/flood.

– Second, file a Request for Action (RFA) to improve surface water drainage along your county maintained road by contacting the Request for Action hotline at 239-533-9400 or www.leegov.com/dot/requestforaction.

– People can use the same phone number and website to report blocked streams and streams as well (example: felled trees, collected debris). The reported information will be passed on to Lee County Natural Resources.

The county is monitoring low-lying areas, where residents must prepare their homes and yards for potential localized flooding. County teams will monitor locations such as the Sanibel Causeway Islands and Barrier Island roads, Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach, the Fort Myers neighborhoods in Whiskey Creek and Island Park, as well as Bonita Springs and the Matlacha Pass area. They will also be watching Alva / Buckingham and North Fort Myers.

Lee County Natural Resources reports that the county’s water levels remain average to below average, which is typical at the start of the rainy season and should help throughout today’s weather forecast.

The natural resources teams will monitor the streams and streams, monitor and – if possible – mitigate any obstacles.

County crews will be watching for any potential storm surge that coincides with today’s high tides. The crews will react accordingly.

The county will continue to coordinate with its municipal partners as well as the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Lee County Government’s facilities and departmental operations are now normal. The 20th Circuit is closed. For the homeless, the Salvation Army Homeless Resource Day Center is open today.

Residents should watch for reports from local meteorologists, visit www.leegov.com/storm and follow the Lee County government on Facebook.

Given the expected wind speeds, no shelter is open at this time. Emergency management is ready to open shelters, if necessary. LeeTran is ready to help with transportation should shelter be required.

Regarding bridges: Lee County does “To close” bridges during tropical storms or hurricanes with barricades, cones, doors or panels as they can easily fly off, becoming ineffective and dangerous. Lee DOT strongly advises motorists to stay off bridges – and the roads leading to them – when sustained winds reach 40 mph (tropical storm force). At these speeds, the wind gusts can already be much higher. Winds also get stronger at higher altitudes, so hazards increase on higher bridges and elevated roads.

Motorists may encounter law enforcement officers at today’s event around and near bridges. Follow the given instructions.

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