Elsa: Lee County updates

This story is archived as of 9 a.m. July 7.

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Lee County has declared a state of emergency.

Lee County Government facilities and sites are opening with normal hours Wednesday.

LeeTran bus services will resume at normal operating times Wednesday morning.

Lee County Parks & Recreation summer camps closed Tuesday afternoon.

All Florida Department of Health offices in Lee County closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday, in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa. They will remain closed through Wednesday as well.  The office closures include Clinic, Immunizations, Vital Statistics, Women Infants and Children (WIC), Environmental Health and Engineering, Administration, Epidemiology, and Refugee Services.

Bridge closures: Lee County does not physically “close” bridges during tropical storms or hurricanes with barricades, cones, gates or signs because they can easily blow away, becoming ineffective and hazardous. According to the county, “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 those speeds, wind gusts can already be much higher. Winds also become stronger at higher elevations, so dangers increase on higher bridges and elevated roadways. Motorists may encounter law enforcement officers during today’s event around and near bridges. Follow the directions given.”

Trash collection will continue as scheduled in mandated pick-up zones on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. There are no delays for the week due to the July 4 holiday or Elsa.

Southwest Florida International Airport is seeing cancellations on some arrivals and departures due to Elsa’s approach. See the status of your flight here.

The School District of Lee County will close schools on Wednesday in an abundance of caution.

The District’s Summer BreakSpot meal service locations have been consolidated and will be limited to lunch only. Meals will be served from the lobby area. No additional schools will serve meals. However, there are community sites that will be offering both breakfast and lunch. Schedule reported as of 7 p.m. is as follows:

LCEC customers can download the SmartHub app to report and track power outages. Just search “SmartHub” in your phone’s app store. LCEC Outage Map

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) closed at noon Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday. All updates regarding the storm are posted to the school’s Emergency Management webpage fgcu.edu/emergencymanagement and are shared through FGCU’s social media channels.

Rasmussen University is closing its physical Fort Myers campus on Tuesday. Remote services and courses, labs, or clinics will run as normally planned.


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City of Fort Myers closed its offices and facilities at 2 p.m. Tuesday.


Bonita Springs Fire Department will have sandbags available at Station 24, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. Each household can get 25 bags.


Fort Myers Beach has sand for sandbags behind Town Hall at 2525 Estero Blvd. Bring your own shovel. Bags are supplied.


The City of Sanibel said Monday that garbage, recycling and vegetation pick-up will not be impacted by Elsa.

Sanibel City Hall Offices and the Sanibel Recreation Center will be closing at 3 p.m. Tuesday. It is anticipated that both will reopen for regularly scheduled business on Wednesday.

Tuesday at the Castaway Beach & Cottages on Sanibel as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches. (Credit: Nicole Gabe/WINK News)


Harry Chapin Food Bank has canceled its Tuesday drive-thru food distribution in Lehigh Acres.

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