Cape Coral Begins Clearing Street Debris from Hurricane Ian
September 30, 2022
Clearing the City’s streets in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian is a top priority. Crews have cleared approximately 3,000 miles of major roadways and local streets.
Call 311 if you identify any blocked streets.
To ensure debris is removed in an efficient and timely manner, it should be placed curbside and not in the roadway, as this could cause safety issues. Storm debris is collected separately from household trash and recycling. Debris must be placed at the curb in separate piles:
- Vegetative debris (e.g. tree branches, logs, plants) should be separate from construction debris (e.g. building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet).
- Do not place vegetative debris in plastic bags.
- Storm-related debris does not have to be bundled or cut into smaller pieces.
- Household chemicals cannot be placed at the curb.
Please be patient. It will likely take a month or more to complete the first round of debris removal. A pickup schedule is forthcoming.
Is there a site for residents to drop off hurricane debris themselves?
We are working on finding a location for Cape Coral residents to drop off debris. Once we have the location, we will put out messaging on the topic.
Who is taking care of the trees down on residential developed property?
The property owner must place all hurricane-related debris at the curb to be picked up by the debris removal contractor. Volunteer or non-profit organizations may be able to assist property owners with debris removal.
Who is taking care of the trees down on residential vacant property/vacant lots?
The property owner must place all hurricane-related debris at the curb to be picked up by the debris removal contractor. If debris is not removed in a reasonable time, the City will remove the debris and bill the property owner.
Who is taking care of the trees down on commercial property?
It is the responsibility of the property owner/site manager to dispose of its debris. FEMA will not reimburse the City for this removal.
Will debris be removed from the City’s 400 miles of canals?
Debris will be removed from the canals by the City; however, the City's focus is on clearing debris from roadways. Further information will follow on canal debris removal. Please call 311 to report any debris in the canals.