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Red Cross aiding tornado victims in Fort Myers

Lee County has opened a drop-off site for residents of south Fort Myers who were impacted by Sunday’s tornado.

County staff was expected to be at the site in the Iona-McGregor area beginning at 1 p.m. Monday to receive construction and demolition debris from residents. Residents’ horticultural debris from the storm also will be accepted.

The address is 14790 A and W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908. The site will be open until 6 p.m. today (Monday) and then will reopen Tuesday; hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week and into the weekend.

Residents from the storm-affected area only can bring debris. No contractors or commercial drivers will be allowed.

For updates related to the storm and further debris updates, visit www.leegov.com/storm.

A Tweet from Lee County Emergency Operations Center reported Sunday that “Our EOC is partially activated. We are working with the American Red Cross to help residents whose homes are lost or damaged. We opened a shelter and LeeTran is providing transportation for those who need it.

A shelter for people displaced by the tornado this morning in Fort Myers has been set up by the Red Cross and Lee County Emergency Management at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road in Fort Myers.

Since early this morning, volunteers from the American Red Cross Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter have been coordinating with emergency officials to respond to the severe weather and tornado damage in Fort Myers, according to information from the local chapter, which servesCollier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Lee counties.

The Red Cross is working with emergency officials to support one shelter, providing the impacted families a safe place to stay and determining further assistance needed.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.
Learn more from the Florida Gulf Coast Red Cross.