Miami-Dade County sends water and sewer personnel to help rebuild after Ian – NBC 6 South Florida
On Friday, members of the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department will travel to parts of Southwest Florida to assist with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.
More than 20 water utility professionals will travel to Fort Myers Beach to help the city repair damage to infrastructure and restore water service.
“We will go through and isolate sections of their community, repair one section at a time, restore water pressure there and move on to another section,” said Roy Coley, director of Miami-Dade WASD.
Miami-Dade WASD will continue to help provide recovery support in the coming weeks in parts of the state where the Category 4 storm hit Sept. 28.
“Water is life, water is essential and this team volunteered to go out there and live in a trailer and try to restore the water,” Miami County Mayor said -Dade, Daniella Levine Cava.
The team will work for seven days before returning to Miami. A second team will then be sent on site.
These are the latest efforts by county first responders to help those in need across the Sunshine State.
A caravan of Miami-Dade police officers left the parking lot of Hard Rock Stadium on Wednesday to travel to southwest Florida to help those affected by Ian.
MDPD Director Alfredo Ramirez III said more than 50 Miami-Dade officers have traveled to Charlotte County, ready to help with recovery efforts if needed.
Ramirez said many officers specialize in quick tactical responses, like building searches, and they don’t come empty-handed.
“They have a whole bunch of tools,” Ramirez said. “They have lumber, heavy machinery, equipment designed to stabilize the roof, power saws, things of that nature.”
The officers have hurricane response experience and were previously deployed to the Florida Keys during Hurricane Irma.