In some locations, the contents of buildings can be protected through measures such as sandbagging. Lee County Emergency Management provides your local fire District, both sand and sandbags for any flooding events at no cost. Please contact your local Fire District for distribution points. Come prepared to fill and haul your sandbag. Shovels are not provided by the fire departments.
Further information on flood mitigation techniques, such as flood proofing and elevation can also be found at the website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/floodplain/index .
Drainage systems require maintenance
Lee County has a system of canals, ditches, and waterways that serve to direct the flow of floodwater. It is most important that these elements of the floodwater drainage system be kept clear of debris and trash that could impede the flow of water during a flood situation. To report drainage problems in incorporated areas call your city Public Works. In unincorporated Lee County, call Lee County DOT at 239-533-9400 or email email@example.com.After 5:30 p.m. and weekends call 239-533-3626.
Dumping of debris and trash in the drainage system or alteration of the channels is prohibited. Violators should be reported to law enforcement or public works officials. Lee County can also help you reduce your property’s flood hazard by putting you in contact with qualified contractors to make your house or building safer. Call the Lee County Division of Public Safety at 239-533-3911 Ext. 4 for help identifying ways to retrofit an existing building and building new structures.
Gaining access to your residence or business will require a form of identification (driver’s license, electric bill, etc.). Sanibel/Captiva and Fort Myers Beach require Hurricane Passes obtained from the city.