Latest update on Hurricane Matthew

fullsizerender-11am-updateHendry County continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew very closely. Hendry County Emergency Operation Center is fully operational. Hurricane Matthew is a very strong Category 4 storm. The storm track is stable at this time. The 211 United Way lines are open for information regarding the storm. Governor Rick Scott urges everyone to take this storm very seriously. He announced that is offering free lodging to evacuees. Also, if you would like to receive alerts from the State Emergency Operations Center text 888777 and write the message Flprepares. The number one priority is to keep everyone safe.

In Hendry County:
The 211 United Way lines are open for information regarding the storm.
Sandbags are still available – Self Serve – Bring your own shovel. Two more truck loads are being delivered to LaBelle and one to Clewiston for replenishment.
Hendry County Schools are closed today and Friday
Hendry County government offices are closed today and Friday
City government offices in Clewiston – are closed today and tomorrow.
City government offices in LaBelle open Thursday until 12:00 noon today and closed tomorrow.
General Population Shelters are open in the following locations (no pets allowed except service animals) The American Red Cross will be staffing the shelters with area volunteers..
o Clewiston Middle School, 601 W. Osceola Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440
o LaBelle Middle School, 8000 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935
The Special Needs Shelter – West Glades School (pre-registration was required and applications are no longer being accepted for this storm event)
Hendry Regional Medical Center reports that the Dr. James D. Forbes Family Care in Clewiston and the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center in LaBelle will close at noon today and reopen on Monday, October 10th, weather permitting. The Emergency Department will remain fully staffed and operational throughout the storm. The business entrance to the Hospital will be closed but the other entries to Hendry Regional will be available through the doors of the patient registration area and Emergency Department lobby. Normal operations will resume as quickly after the storm passes and the aftermath has been deemed safe.

There will be NO trash/garbage or recycle pickup in Hendry County, the City of LaBelle or Clewiston for Thursday, Oct 6th. Next scheduled pickup will be the regular pickup day. The Clewiston and LaBelle transfer stations will be allowing unincorporated residents to bring their waste free of charge to the transfer stations on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

If you have any type of yard (political) sign in your yard, please pick it up and store it securely until after the storm.

Voluntary Evacuations are recommended for those living in low-lying areas prone to flooding and high-risk structures such as R.V.’s, mobile homes and manufactured homes. This not a mandatory evacuation at this time.

The Caloosa Belle is published every Thursday.

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