Water Resources of the United States
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:06:32 EDT
Summary: Hurricane Ian made landfall yesterday in the Ft. Myers area and moved northeast across the state overnight and is still heavily impacting east coast.
Ft. Myers and surrounding area devastated by hurricane winds and excessive rainfall, with extensive flooding. Central Florida experiencing record flooding with storm still impacting east central and northeast Florida.
Ft. Myers area will have limited access for several days as emergency responders work on disaster recovery. Ft. Myers is under a curfew through Friday night. The area is without power and water.
CFWSC offices are in discovery mode and sending crews for flood measurements from offices that had minimal impact and provided crews can do so safely.
More details on the condition of the gaging network, streamflows, and recovery needs will be coming in the next 24-48 hours as we complete discovery stage and eventually gain access to areas.
All 11 CFWSC staff in the Ft. Myers office were accounted for Wednesday night; however, many have had extensive damage to their homes and are still sheltering in place. Cell service is intermittent. It will be several days before it is clear what relief will be useful to these staff.
This is a general Project Alert for Florida as Chiefs are focused on response. Future Project Alerts will contain more specific information related to specific geographic areas, activities, and status of the network.