A total of nine Road Ranger Service Patrols were dispatched to Monroe County to help with evacuation efforts in the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys. They assisted stranded motorists and relocated vehicles to help traffic flow out of the area in a safe and timely manner. The team stepped up again when called to assist with post-hurricane recovery efforts.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) requested Road Ranger support initially to assist returning residents with flat tires due to the amount of debris on the roadway. They also helped residents that were stranded due to fallen trees or needed minor vehicle repairs so they could safely navigate along US-1. The Road Rangers traveled daily to reinforce Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) along US-1 and Card Sound Road. The team worked tirelessly and did whatever was asked to help normalize traffic operations during this critical time.