UPDATE #13 - Evening Update
DATE: Sunday, September 10, 2017
EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE STILL SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. We will let the public know as soon as they have resumed. 9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue. Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed.
A county-wide curfew (Cape Coral included) is in effect starting TONIGHT from 8pm - 7am, until further notice. The curfew is meant to protect you from dangers that may not be evident during the daylight.
POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don't return to your neighborhoods immediately after storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear. This effort starts as soon as it is safe to get these crews on the road (likely tomorrow). Officials will communicate when it is safe to return to your neighborhoods. Avoid the urge to immediately leave your shelter and return to your neighborhoods.
Tropical storm force winds are still being experienced in Southwest Florida, so driving at this time is NOT advised.
Most of the county remains without power (approximately 131,000 subscribers), including traffic signals.
As soon as it is safe to work again, the LCEC crews will begin working to restore power.
Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.
Please use caution if/when you begin generator use. DO NOT place it near a window or in the garage where deadly fumes can reach you. Do not operate in wet conditions.
If you are without power and use candles for illumination, please don't leave them unattended. Use extra caution to prevent fire from candle use, as your avenues of exit are now likely cut off by hurricane-shuttered windows.
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family. Once the storm passes, roads are cleared, and immediate life-saving measures are done, THEN we will begin conducting welfare checks. This may take 24-48 hours AFTER THE STORM PASSES. Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number for welfare checks, as they need to be available for emergency calls.
Storm surge is projected to peak in the area over the next four hours. Flooding will continue to be an issue for the next several days. Please remain inside during the overnight hours, both for safety from ongoing weather and per the city curfew.
CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Monday's (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
City Hall is closed Monday (9/11) and Tuesday (9/12).
All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.
Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Monday (9/11) and Tuesday (9/12).
Early Voting as well as the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday (9/12) have been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.
Solid waste collection is suspended for Monday (9/11).
For the latest information visit www.capecoral.net/hurricane.
Updated safety information and tips can be found under the Preparedness and Safety Tips menu tab.
The EOC Emergency Information Center is available for residents who may have questions or are looking for information. Please dial 3-1-1.
If you have not already done so, please download the free Ping4alerts! App. This is the official application used by the City of Cape Coral for real-time, location-based, emergency alerts. You can learn more and download it at www.capecops.com/ping4.