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Captiva & Sanibel Islands Accumulate 5.11 Inches of Rainfall Due to Irma, Recovery Efforts Begin

Sep 12, 2017 03:03PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the City of Sanibel website

In the wake of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the city of Sanibel updated the community with post-storm relief news this morning. The major takeaways include:
    • 5.11 inches as measured at the Public Works Department, mid-Island Dunlop Road
    • County-wide Curfew 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. remains in effect until rescinded
    • If you have need to immediately dispose of refrigerator or freezer waste, bring it to the city recycling center (Across from the Sanibel Library) or the east side of the City Boat Ramp (further announcements on refuse collection forthcoming later today)
    • Power has now been restored from approximately the Sanibel School to Casa Ybel Road
    • As power is restored the lift stations will be removed from the generators
    • The "Boil Water for Human Consumption" Alert continues
    • Island Water Association continues leak detection to improve water pressure
    • All Lee County Schools, including the Sanibel School, are closed for the remainder of the week.
    • Sanibel City Hall remains open only for emergency & essential services until Wednesday morning, Sept. 13
    • US Postal Service has notified the city that delivery is to commence today
    • Ban on Alcohol Sales to be lifted at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12
    Additionally, residents are reminded that turning off sprinkler systems will help restore water pressure and conserve water reserves. Cit officials are working collectively with Lee County Emergency Operations Center to address county-wide leaks the the Island Water Association (IWA) has reported, as well as connectivity issues to three booster stations. Water service is expected to be intermittent, or off, until these issues are addressed.

    The Sanibel Island City website stated in its most recent update, "At this time, we cannot guarantee any level of service for utilities or provide any prediction of continued reliability or exact time services will be restored. We can assure you we are working as fast as humanly possible to restore basic services."

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