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Saturday updates for Naples, Collier County


This is a live news blog with information about the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida. Spread across Southwest Florida, our reporters and photographers cover our communities and provide the latest information.



FEMA announced that federal disaster relief has been made available to the Seminole tribe of Florida to complement the tribes’ recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Ian as of Sept. 23.

President Joe Biden’s approval of the move makes federal funding available to affected tribesmen. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property damage, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The tribe has a reservation in Collier County, as well as a hotel and casino in Immokalee.

You can request disaster assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling (800) 621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app.

Text to 9-1-1 still works.

Residents of the city of Naples can also call 239-213-3000 for assistance.

Unincorporated Collier residents should call 239-253-9300.

Or mark a vehicle for public safety.

The city reports that engineers are “working diligently to get the 9-1-1 system fully functional”.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Please note that the Myakka River has risen under Interstate 75 (I-75) and affected the Interstate, making it no longer safe for motorists. Due to rising water, I-75 is now closed in both directions from Milestone 179 (North Port/Toledo Blade Blvd) to Milestone 193 (Englewood/Jacaranda Blvd). Motorists planning to travel to southwest Florida on I-75 should seek an alternate route or follow the detours below.

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Motorists traveling south on I-75:

At exit 257 (Brandon), a diversion will be put in place to redirect motorists on SR 60 east to US 98.

If a motorist chooses to continue south on I-75, they can only drive to exit 193 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd).

At exit 193, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return north.

Motorists traveling north on I-75:

A diversion will be put in place at exit 141 (Palm Beach Blvd) to redirect motorists east on SR 80/US 27 to US 98.

If a motorist chooses to continue north on I-75, they can only drive to exit 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd).

At exit 179, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return south.

Motorists should avoid I-75 between mile markers 179 and 193. Because the safety of motorists is a top priority, the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol will continue to monitor the river and bridge. FDOT is in contact with WAZE, Google and Apple Maps.

Major delays are expected in the area, plan accordingly. The diversions are expected to remain in place until the water recedes. Drive carefully through the area as other flooding is experienced in the area.

Floridians should visit www.FL511.com — or download the app — for up-to-date information on road closures and itineraries.

EVERGLADES CITY, Florida – On the door frame of Petra Gengenbach’s 1960s Right Choice supermarket, the words “Irma 2017” are scribbled next to a black line. Not far below, she pointed to the last waterline that had left days before.

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The 55-year-old spent Friday cleaning up ruined food and mud from her store after Hurricane Ian’s storm surge swept through the hardscrabble crab fishing community, the last town before Florida’s southwest coast dissolves into the Everglades and mangrove islands.

While Ian didn’t do the catastrophic damage seen further north, the wave of seawater ripped through the first floors of homes, sparking a fire in a two-generation airboat company and causing neighbors to scramble to rescue each other in jon. -boats on top of a city turned into a lake.


Hurricane Ian has not only wreaked havoc on homes and businesses in Naples.

It drove out the residents.

At a community meeting Friday, the city council spoke of the need to “devise a plan” for those residents.

They wondered if they could get help from Collier County, if shelters were still available, or if they could set up their own shelter.

The lack of a plan upset Vincent Keeys, chairman of the NAACP in Collier County.

He said the residents of River Park – a historically black, low-income community – urgently need help.

“There are people here who need help and they need an answer,” he said.




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