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Collier organizations to provide monetary relief for Irma victims

NAPLES, Fla. Visa and Mastercard gift cards totaling $150,000 will be distributed for victims of Hurricane Irma, the Community Foundation of Collier County said Tuesday morning. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the United Way of Collier County partnered to provide relief to area reside

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 11:01:16

Rubio: Irma should spark needed debate on future of flood program

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio said he's "very satisfied" with the federal response to Hurricane Irma, hopes the storm's devastating impact will spur a needed debate on the future of the federal flood insurance program, and doesn't think laws targeting climate change would have prevented the Category

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-18 22:10:17

Editorial: Irma recovery, government return to schedule on tap this week

As Southwest Florida continues moving forward with recovery from Hurricane Irma, some local government boards and higher education institutions get back on task in the coming days. Public schools remain closed this week with both Collier and Lee districts anticipating that students could return to t

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-18 21:14:04

Prep Football: Public schools won't play this week, private schools will

The Collier County school district's high school football teams will not play games this week, meaning a third straight Friday night that stadiums will sit empty due to Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. However, there will be football in town. Collier County's three private schools and one charter s

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-18 20:44:36

Volunteers, agencies helping Immokalee recover

For several days, help has been pouring into Immokalee, which was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Irma. Some in Immokalee faced some serious damage after Hurricane Irma. "I actually wanted to cry, because my dad, he planted these trees when I was little. Now they're just gone," Immokalee r

NBC 2 - 2017-09-18 23:18:00

Mobile units coming, fees waived for drivers

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has sent mobile units to assist the Lee and Collier County areas with driver's license transactions and also help people replace licenses that may have been lost or misplaced because of Hurricane Irma. The units will process driver's licenses, plat

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-18 16:24:14

FEMA encouraging online signups for aid

Photo via FEMA FORT MYERS, Fla. You don't have to leave home to register for FEMA aid. All Southwest Floridians are eligible for assistance from FEMA, and representatives from the agency will be at Immokalee High School each day this week to help with signups. But anyone can begin the signup process

WINKNEWS.COM - 2017-09-18 15:58:50

Manatee agriculture counting losses after Hurricane Irma

Farmers, growers and ranchers are tallying their losses after Hurricane Irma blew through Manatee County last week. Some losses may be covered by crop insurance, but farmers also might have to borrow money to keep their operations going. The federal Farm Service Agency is authorizing emergency proc

BRADENTON HERALD - 2017-09-17 15:30:00

The latest update from LCEC

Lee County, Fla. -- On Sunday, September 17 nearly half of the customers in the hard-hit area of Lehigh acres have been restored, said LCEC. Here's the latest from all of the areas LCEC covers:Marco Island--15,561 with power, 3,541 without powerImmokalee-- 4,998 with power, 7,655 without powerEvergl

FOX4NOW.COM - 2017-09-17 16:07:50

Brent Batten: It's a family circus. Guest columnist Zachary fills in for hurricane-occupied dad

In the finest tradition of The Family Circus, columnist Brent Batten has been otherwise occupied this week. In his absence, son Zachary, age 11, is writing his column for him. Things about Hurricane Irma: I slept through most of Hurricane Irma. My dad made me get up to watch the worst part so I'd re

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-17 00:00:05

A week after Irma, Immokalee residents' future uncertain

The trailer that used to be Nicolas Garcia's home before Hurricane Irma hit Immokalee now has a collapsed wall over the family's dining table and a notice that says the trailer is condemned. In the front, Garcia uses a machete to cut some bushes he had planted. He is clearing the space so that machi

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-17 23:51:30

Temporary housing opens up in Immokalee for those displaced by Hurricane Irma

Collier County Housing Authority is opening a dormitory in Immokalee to provide free temporary housing for up to 176 residents displaced by Hurricane Irma. The agency had 48 beds available at Horizon Village on Saturday and will get the rest ready by Monday, said Angela Edison, director of Housing a

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-16 23:25:15

Stepping up during Irma: Immokalee deputies find shelter, care for elderly residents

As community-oriented policing deputies, it is the job of corporals Mike Taylor and Patti Calderon to get to know Immokalee's neighborhoods. So on Friday, as they were canvassing trailer parks making sure residents knew there were shelters available, they thought it would be a good idea to check out

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-16 20:06:28

Water in Immokalee now safe to use

IMMOKALEE,Fla - Tests conducted on Friday concluded that the water in Immokalee is safe to use, said Immokalee Fire Rescue. Residents can clean, bathe and drink water in that area. On Friday crews visited the western edge of the District giving out water and MRE's to families off Wildcat Ln,. near C

FOX4NOW.COM - 2017-09-16 19:08:41

Seawalls across SWFL crumbling in wake of Irma

Is your seawall crumbling into the Caloosahatchee River or Gulf of Mexico? You're not alone as untold numbers of household owners across the area are in need of seawall repair or replacement in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Cape Coral was hit particularly hard. For more coverage of Hurricane Irma a

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-19 02:07:26

Hurricane Irma rips scripts for SWFL churches, provides opportunity to serve

Hurricane Irma changed the script for many Southwest Florida pastors, including at Lehigh Acres Christian Church, where student pastor Derek Tennant scrapped the previously planned sermon in order to deliver a more timely message. David Dorsey Hurricane Irma had many Southwest Florida pastors chang

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-18 20:44:27

Leigh Acres Irma woes continue

Frustration continues to mount in Lehigh Acres as thousands of people are starting their second week without power. Even so, some people are finding small signs of hope to help them push through. "Things are feeling much better, much better," Linda Downing of Lehigh Acres said. Downing and her famil

NBC 2 - 2017-09-19 06:51:00

Lee County communities still reeling more than a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Toss a dart at Lee County map and you will hit someone, somewhere reeling from the scrubbing Hurricane Irma gave the area. For example, lining the quarter-mile-long Shady River Lane in Buckingham are the lives of the dozen or so residents whose homes were inundated by the Orange River. The river lin

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-18 21:31:11

Power problems persist across SWFL a week after Irma

Tens of thousands of families across Southwest Florida are prepping to spend a ninth-straight night in the dark, more than a week after Hurricane Irma tore through the area. In Lee County, Lehigh Acres is still seeing the most outages, by far. That's according to the latest numbers provided by the L

NBC 2 - 2017-09-19 02:21:00

Irma update: Free roof help available

If you suffered roof damage, this may interest you: Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. For free, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors will install the temporary roof covering. Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are e

NEWS-PRESS - 2017-09-18 20:04:54