SFWMD Steps Up to Help Bonita Springs and Remove Hurricane Irma Debris from Waterways
Dec. 19, 2017
Bonita Springs, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week began clearing trees and other debris downed by Hurricane Irma from two Bonita Springs waterways in Lee County.
"The District continues to work with local officials to help this area hit hard by Hurricane Irma recover," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Rick Barber. "We talked with Bonita Springs officials and asked what is the most impacted area where we can lend our resources. They clearly stated that our crews could make a difference in helping to control downed trees along their natural waterways. In the spirit of partnership, we are performing the crucial task of clearing vegetation that could impede flows in the river. This work is critical to ensuring neighborhoods in Bonita Springs will be ready for the next heavy rainfall event."
Contractors working on barges will spend the next five weeks clearing downed trees and debris from bank to bank along an approximately 1-mile section of the Imperial River in Bonita Springs from Old U.S. Highway 41 east to Matheson Drive. Crews will work through the holidays to get the job done faster.