Town of Windermere recovering from effects of Hurricane Ian

The town has instructed all residents to remain off the roadways until the all clear is given by the Windermere Police Department.

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The town of Windermere is recovering after Hurricane Ian swept across the Central Florida area.

Town staff and the Windermere Police Department are currently conducting an initial damage inspection.

"We have a significant amount of power lines and trees down with multiple road closures," Windermere Mayor Jim O'Brien said. "Town staff are working with our contractors and Duke Energy to clear the main roadways for emergency access to the town."

Town Manager Robert Smith is one of the staff members out on the scene of the damage. 

"All roads into Windermere are blocked by down trees wrapped in power lines," he said. 

O'Brien said that once the work is complete, the town will do a first push of all roadways to open up the remaining areas. 

"There are some home structures with damage as well as parks with some damage," the mayor said. "Widespread power loss and numerous power lines down creating danger to travelers and residents."

Windermere Police Chief David Ogden said the town is asking all residents to remain off the roadways until the all clear is given. 

This is a developing story. Please check back here for more updates. 



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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