Thursday, September 21, 2017

Debris Pickups Begin Friday

Contactors will begin picking up debris in Hendry County tomorrow, September 22, 2017.

Trucks will be running 7 days a week with multiple runs a day until all debris is removed.

Residents are asked to separate debris for more efficient pick up. Construction debris, horticulture and other miscellaneous debris may be picked up at different times.

Water Well Testing Fees Waived

The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is now being operated out of the Florida Department of Health in Glades County located at 1021 Health Park Dr. Moore Haven, FL. 33471.

Water samples can be dropped off for testing Monday - Wednesday from 8am – 3:30pm.

If a resident’s private well has been damaged or compromised by Hurricane Irma, the fees will be waived for all Hendry and Glades County private well owners.

Questions can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Glades County at (863) 946-0707.

No Cost Blue Roof Sign Up Today At Walmart

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is available to assist eligible homeowners who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma in signing up for Operation Blue Roof at the LaBelle Wal-Mart today, September 21, 2017 from 8am – 6pm.

Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws.

This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners.

Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case-by-case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.

For rental property, legal permission for a blue roof to be installed must be obtained from the property owner. Renters also must get legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.

Information about Operation Blue Roof is available on the Jacksonville District website at, and in English and Spanish at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Donation And Distribution Now On Kennedy Blvd

The Dallas B. Townsend Center will no longer be operating as a supply distribution or donation site in LaBelle after today, September 19, 2017.

All donated items will be moved from the Dallas B. Townsend Center to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Warehouse located at 840 Kennedy Blvd. Labelle, Fl. 33935 (across from the LaBelle Airport).

If you wish to donate items or if you are in need of supplies, please go to the EOC location beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Items still needed at the donation center include baby items (formula, diapers, wipes, etc.), personal hygiene items and laundry/cleaning supplies.

Chamber Of Commerce Building Damaged

LABELLE, FL. -- The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce will be closed due to damage from last week's hurricane winds and rain.

Diane Fidanza, Executive Director said, "Unfortunately our Chamber has serious damage to the building. We lost half of the roof which allowed water into the rafters which soaked the insulation and ceiling tiles, which collapsed. We are cleaning up and working towards fixing things. However, this will take time. Until further notice the Chamber will be closed. The damage we have is bad, but could have been a lot worse." 

The Chanber  e-mail address is