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Contact: John Wilson, Public Safety Director (239) 335-1600

COUNTY PASSES STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY TO ADDRESS
NORTH FORT MYERS FLOODING

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 9, 2002) The Board of Lee County Commissioners at its Port Authority meeting yesterday declared a state of local emergency for the Bayshore Fire District area to address the sheet flow from Charlotte County. Today at the Board of County Commission meeting, they reauthorized the declaration to be in effect for another 7 days and approved a resolution that, among other things, will allow citizens of the area to be eligible to receive gravel for roads that are not passable by emergency vehicles and to obtain sand to put around their homes if they choose. John Wilson, Public Safety Director, added that flooding conditions in the Bayshore area have stabilized and even receded in certain areas. At this time, drainage systems seem to be moving the excess water except for one low lying area east of Nalle Road between Quail Hollow Road and Quail Run. The resolution also allows either the Board of County Commission Chairman or the Vice-Chairman to declare a state of local emergency for any area of the County, should it be necessary, during the Boardís future three week hiatus.

The resolution is as follows:

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CONCERNING DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY AND AUTHORIZING THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, VICE CHAIRMAN, OR OTHER BOARD MEMBER TO DECLARE OF A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY.

WHEREAS, Florida Statutes, Chapters 125 and 252 provide authority for political subdivisions to enact emergency resolutions when it is determined that immediate enactment is necessary in order to declare a State of Local Emergency due to rain and flooding conditions posing a serious and immediate threat to the lives and property of the residents of the County; and,
 

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, finds it necessary to promulgate this resolution declaring a state of local emergency in order to protect human and animal life and to avert the destruction of real and personal property that could result from excessive rain and local flooding conditions; and,
 

WHEREAS, The Bayshore Fire District area of North Lee County is under a threat of flooding due to sheetflow from over twenty (20) inches of rain falling in south Charlotte County during the month of June; and,
 

WHEREAS, when such conditions occur, the publicís health and safety may be endangered by localized flooding conditions and loss of access to emergency services; and,
 

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, may find it necessary to enact another resolution(s) continuing or declaring a state of local emergency in order to protect human and animal life and to avert the destruction of real and personal property that could result from excessive rain and local flooding conditions; and,
 

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, will not be meeting in regular session until the first week of August.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA THAT:
 

1. The effects of excessive rainfall in the month of June 2002 and the potential of additional rain pose a certain risk of flood conditions in Lee County and as such, threaten the publicís health, safety and welfare, and that a State of Local Emergency shall be declared effective immediately for the Bayshore Fire District area of Lee County, Florida.
 

2. This Emergency Resolution declaring a State of Local Emergency shall be in effect for seven (7) consecutive days unless sooner rescinded by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or any other member of the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, in the absence of the Chairman or Vice Chairman.
 

3. The Board of County Commissioners further authorizes the Chairman, the Vice Chairman or in their absence any other Board member present in the County to act on the Boardís behalf during the remainder of July 2002 to declare a State of Local Emergency in accordance with provisions set forth in Lee County Ordinance No. 87-01, should such action be necessary to protect and safeguard the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Lee County should the potential of additional rain pose a risk of flood conditions in other areas of Lee County and as such, threaten the publicís health, safety and welfare.
 

4. If such a State of Local Emergency is declared, it shall be in effect for seven (7) consecutive days unless sooner rescinded by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or any other member of the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida in the absence of the Chairman or Vice Chairman.
DULY PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, this 9th day of July, 2002.