Various work crews are performing clean-up operations all over Gateway after Hurricane Irma tore through the community this past Saturday evening.
Power is slowly being restored and businesses have begun re-opening.
Irma came through Gateway as either a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, leaving widespread damage and knocking over large trees with surprising ease.
Flooding still remains an issue in some areas of Gateway, however most of the water has receded at this time.
So far the following retail businesses have announced that they’ll be open today: Boulevard Deli & Tavern, Rock’n Sushi, Casa Lupita at 2pm, Subway, the Gateway Quick Mart and the Gateway 7/Eleven, where as of the time of publishing no less than 50 cars are lined to to get fuel (pictured). The two Publix stores closest to Gateway are also both open, and the Fort Myers Brewing Company will also re-open today at 3:00pm.
Lee County Schools are closed until next week, and RSW is expected to resume flight operations tomorrow.
After Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott practically dared looters in the media, vowing to “make an example” out of the first ones they caught, the message seems to have been heeded and there were only a small number of reports of looting in the county — none of them in Gateway.
Well, that sucked. But it’s nice to see life returning back to normal.
The clean-up operation will take weeks, maybe even 1-2 months.
The great news is that there doesn’t appear to have been any serious injuries in Gateway.
On the other hand, as of yesterday Stoneybrook still had 1-2 feet of water in its streets. There was a Chrysler 300M not far from the entrance whose engine clearly had stalled out in about 2-3 feet of water trying to get home.
Florida Power & Light has been restoring power to Gateway’s communities one-by-one.
Certainly some major inconveniences to many (if not all) of us in Gateway. But as just about everyone I’ve spoken to has said: it could have been much worse.