Florida Keys live updates: Free ice and water available, no word on lower Keys entry date – Miami Herald
The Florida Keys are reeling from a direct hit by Hurricane Irma that left many without power or water.
The Miami Herald has reporters in the Keys, in Miami, in Tallahassee and embedded with the National Guard. Stay with us for live updates.
Monroe County update on water, power and medical services
Sept 15, 3:30 p.m.: SHELTERS
The Red Cross is gathering the incoming supplies and plans to have the shelters opened later today in Coral Shores, Marathon High School, Sugarloaf High School, and Key West High School. They have cots, blankets and comfort kits.
Islamorada has opened a shelter at Island Christian School and the Fire Chief has set up 2 Salvation Army Canteen Units at Island Christian School and at the MM75 Check Point.
Re-entry is still limited to residents and business owners in the Upper Keys, to mile marker 73 and only during non-curfew hours. Work is being done as quickly as possible to make it safe enough to open the rest of the Keys to re-entry.
Discussions are in the works to reopen the Keys as far as Marathon. A few more health safety issues have to be worked out first. Stay tuned.
The Lower Keys, the hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, is still unsafe to return. It has limited power and water and will take the longest in the Keys to return those utilities due to the damage.
Key West is making great progress on restoring services and is beginning discussions about when to reopen.
The Upper Keys situation is different. Much of the area has water, power, fuel, and open grocery stores and a pharmacy.
Keys Energy Services, which covers the South end of Seven Mile Bridge to Key West, reports that 17 percent of their clients now have