Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian he is already thinking about how to rebuild — starting with making sure people have enough food and water.
“We need to get the utilities back up and we need to get people rebuilding, tomorrow we will start with several food, water, and ice distribution centers,” Anderson told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday. “Hopefully, that will help ease what people are dealing with.”
The city's downtown area has seen substantial damage including flooding as well as downed trees and power lines, Anderson said.
“This is a downtown that we have taken the last several decades to rebuild and revitalize,” Anderson said. “It concerns me that a lot of those businesses affected will go dark.”
Meanwhile, most of the main roads in Fort Myers have been cleared and emergency teams have been able to reach many affected areas, he said.