We are monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole and participating in daily briefings with state and federal agencies. Charlotte County is in the four-day cone of uncertainty and all residents should actively monitor their local news sources for updates, as well as Charlotte County’s website and social media platforms. The Emergency Operations Center remains partially activated following Hurricane Ian to coordinate recovery efforts.
Residents whose homes sustained roof damage should have tarps installed as soon as possible or take other precautions as we can expect 2-4 inches of rain Wednesday through Friday.The county is aware of the potential that Ian debris could become wind-borne with the possibility of tropical storm-force winds. Residents should take necessary precautions such as shuttering windows and doors. Debris collection continues. As of 3:30 p.m., Monday, our debris contractor has picked up 1.3 million cubic yards of vegetative, construction and demolition debris.
For storm-related information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320.
Tropical Storm Nicole takes turn toward North
5:00 PM 11/8/2022
Nicole is forecast to develop into a weak Category 1 hurricane before reaching landfall on the east coast of Florida late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.
It is important to note that while most of the impact will be felt on the east coast of Florida, significant winds and rainy conditions are expected for Southwest Florida. Potential rainfall totals range between one and three inches,
Rain and windy conditions will begin on Wednesday and generally last through Friday. This is NOT expected to become a major hurricane, like Ian.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Lake Okeechobee. Tropical Storm Watches are now active for Hendry, Glades, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee and DeSoto counties.
HURRICANE IAN RECOVERY UPDATES 10/23/22
Weekly Administrator’s Update from CHARLOTTE County Administrator Hector Flores
County making steady progress on Ian recovery
More than three weeks after Hurricane Ian, we’re seeing steady progress toward recovery, but we know there is a long way to go. Our top priorities are to assist those who have lost their homes and to clear the millions of cubic yards of debris. We’re currently housing dozens of families at the Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park recreation center and working on a plan to allow homeowners to park recreational vehicles on their property while they make repairs.
We urge anyone who was impacted by the hurricane to sign up for Federal Emergency Management Agency individual assistance. You can register in person at the Tringali Park recreation center off State Road 776 in Englewood or at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. You can also sign up online at DisasterRecovery.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
On the debris front, our collection contractor is nearing the half-million cubic yards mark, picking up more than 12,000 loads of vegetative waste. For the latest debris information, we have created a debris dashboard that includes a heat map of collection areas. Visit CharlotteCountyFL.gov/debris. We estimate there is more than 2 million cubic yards of vegetative, construction and demolition debris across the county. It won’t happen overnight, but we will pick up all the debris and appreciate your patience. If you want to clear debris yourself, we have opened two temporary drop-off sites, one at 7000 Florida St. east of Punta Gorda and another next to the Placida West Boat Ramp. You can also use the mini-transfer facilities on 19765 Kenilworth Blvd., in Port Charlotte and 7070 Environmental Way in Englewood.
We were able to open many of our parks this week, although we remind users to be cautious as downed trees and limbs still need to be cleared. Some parks that are open have limited amenities. The Punta Gorda Charlotte Library, 401 Shreve St. Punta Gorda, and the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N Access Rd., Englewood, are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other libraries are closed. For a complete list, visit CharlotteCountyFL.gov/ian.
Our call center is still operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 941-833-4000 and 941-743-1320 for response and recovery information.