Lee County Sheriff’s Office deploys search and rescue unit

Lee County Sheriff’s office early Thursday began assisting in the search and rescue of people stranded by Hurricane Ian.

“Our Mobile Command Center is ready to respond and assist with search and rescue along with our other assets. We are here for our community,” the Lee County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook just before 7 a.m.

Officials also warned residents of road hazards from debris, fallen trees and downed power lines. Also, many traffic lights are currently off.

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To ease traffic flow, they said many intersections will be treated as four-way stops. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop must move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

They added to avoid road travel unless absolutely necessary. They will have deputies deployed throughout the county

Brandon D. James