South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director Drew Bartlett provided an update this afternoon from the SFWMD’s Emergency Operations Center on the District’s ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Ian.
The SFWMD continues working to reduce regional lake levels in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes system and provide relief to impacted communities. Today, SFWMD field crews fixed damaged infrastructure in Orange County and continue to install pumps in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes system.
Additional District Actions
- Continuing to work in partnership with Osceola County and Orange County to reduce flows of water into the regional lake system.
- Deploying high volume pumps at very strategic locations and many more pumps are being staged and getting ready for operation.
- Continuing to work with Lee County to remove debris out of the drainage system.
- Continuing to coordinate with our local, state and federal partners including FEMA to support local recovery efforts.
- Re-opened six navigational boat locks in Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
- Using water control structures and other navigational locks at full capacity to move water away from communities.
- Re-opening SFWMD-Managed Lands in Hendry, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties tomorrow, Monday, October 3 at 5:00 pm. All other SFWMD-Managed Lands will remain closed for safety purposes.
- Keeping the SFWMD's Emergency Operations Center at Level 1, Full Activation.
Residents in Southwest and Central Florida are reminded to avoid floodwaters. If you see floodwaters, turn around and find an alternate route.