Let’s talk about the weather! Estero experienced two historic stormwater events within a three-week period, making a memorable end to the summer of 2017. Village staff has been busy clearing flow ways, facilitating cleanup and getting things back to “normal” in the Village of Estero.

First, there was the 100-year-flood on August 25, which filled community ponds and brought localized flooding to some neighborhoods. The Village worked with Estero Fire Rescue following the storm, assessing drainage systems and checking for any blockages or broken pumps.

Then along came Hurricane Irma on September 10. It passed over Estero as a Category 2 storm, bringing more heavy rains and ripping trees out of the ground. Immediately following the hurricane, Village staff and first responders from the Estero and San Carlos Park fire districts traveled throughout Estero to assess the resulting destruction. The concentration of damage was on mobile homes.

Those neighborhoods most adversely affected were Tahiti Village, Broadway Park, Mariners Cove, Trailside Drive, Highlands Avenue area, Stoneybrook, Cypress Bend and Riverwoods Plantation. Commercial assessments are still ongoing.

To assist stormwater flow, the Village cleared the ditch running alongside the railroad (using Lee County’s easement), cleaned the pipe running underneath Estero Parkway, and assisted the Belle Lago and Reserve communities in finding a contractor to clean their shared ditch.

Community Outreach

Through it all, the Village was updating the community daily through its website with a total of 28 articles related to both storms. Staff worked closely with Lee County Emergency Management to provide information about everything from shelters to food and water distribution, generator safety and debris pickup.

Are you receiving Village of Estero email alerts? If not, you’re missing out on important information affecting your community. The easiest way to subscribe is to go online to https://estero-fl.gov and provide your email address to receive information including emergencies, the latest developments being planned and other current events.

It’s important to reach all residents directly during a storm to ensure everyone is aware of the most current conditions and directives. If you don’t want to subscribe to the website to receive all Village communications, you may fill out the following Emergency Contact form and send it to Estero Village Hall, 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Estero, 33928. Alternately, that form can be accessed online at https://estero-fl.gov/emergency-contact-information/ or you may call the Village Hall at (239)221-5035 or stop by Village Hall in person to provide this information.

The next time an emergency comes our way, you can count on the Village to provide vital information and directions to help keep everyone in Estero safe and well.

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