Check Here For Hurricane Matthew Recovery Updates

By on October 9, 2016 in WNDB News

 

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Matthew update 10-14-16

VETERANS SERVICES
Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Volusia County were closed
for several days due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Veterans who
incurred charges for emergent healthcare given by outside providers are
encouraged to seek reimbursement of these charges. Volusia County
Veterans Services offices are prepared to assist in filing claims for
reimbursement to the Veterans Affairs medical center. Homeless veterans
who may have lost essential living items, such as sleeping gear, may
seek replacement of these items through Volusia County Veterans Services
offices. Veterans who may have been rendered homeless due to a temporary
or permanent loss of structure are also encouraged to seek assistance
through Volusia County Veterans Services or any Veterans Affairs
healthcare facility. For more information, please call 386-254-4646 or
386-740-5102 or visit www.volusia.org/veterans.

COUNTY PARK CLOSURES
The following county-maintained parks remain closed:
● Barkley Square dog park, DeLand
● Lake George Park, Pierson
● Seville Village Park, Seville
● Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, Port Orange
● Spruce Creek Park camping area, Port Orange
● Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange
● Lighthouse Point Park, Ponce Inlet

LILLIAN PLACE
Lillian Place Heritage Center suffered extensive damage from the
hurricane. This Saturday, Oct. 15, they are asking the community to join
them for emergency clean up and repairs of the historic property. With
2.3 acres of riverfront and three of the oldest buildings on beachside
(dating back to 1886), volunteers are needed to clean up tons of trash,
broken trees, glass, downed fencing, etc. Volunteers are asked to bring
rakes and gloves, and to use the 1000 S. Peninsula entrance in Daytona
Beach. Free hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided starting at noon on
Saturday for all volunteers. For more information, please call
386-299-4974. Lillian Place is managed by the all-volunteer nonprofit
Heritage Preservation Trust and is funded in part by the County of
Volusia ECHO grant program.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT / FEMA ASSISTANCE
Volusia County Emergency Management is working with the state and FEMA
to determine if assistance for residents in Volusia County will be
available. At this time, Volusia County has not been declared for
Individual Assistance from FEMA. In addition, Disaster Recovery Centers
have NOT been opened.

Volusia County Emergency Management is coordinating with FEMA and the
state for joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) to begin in the
county Saturday according to Volusia County Emergency Management
Director Jim Judge.
● The Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) is an information-gathering
process. Teams comprised of representatives from local emergency
management, the State of Florida, Small Business Administration and FEMA
will work together to gather damage information. It does not guarantee
federal assistance.
● Teams will not visit every home or business.
● If a county is declared eligible for further assistance,
individuals and households in the county may apply for that assistance,
which could include grants for hurricane-related needs such as home
repairs not covered by insurance.

Many residents have already begun cleanup and repair work to prevent
additional damage to their homes. This is encouraged. Residents and
businesses do not have to wait to find out if federal assistance will be
available for individuals before beginning their clean up – but they
should keep repair receipts and document damages whenever possible,
including with photos.

CITIZENS INFORMATION CENTER
Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center is open today from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as next week. The phone
number is 866-345-0345.

RED CROSS
Red Cross volunteers are providing meals today in the following areas:

● Daytona Beach: Berkshire, Baywood, 8th Street, Unabella, Cherokee
Lane, Mason Avenue, S. Atlantic Ave., San Jose Drive
● DeLand: Spring Garden Drive
● Ormond Beach: State Road A1A
● Port Orange: 5986 S. Ridgewood Ave., 6147 S. Ridgewood Ave., 5277
S. Ridgewood Ave.
● Oak Hill: Clinton Cemetery Road/Volco Road, Brevard County line,
I-95/State Road 9, Indian River North
● Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach: Whistle Stop Park Area, Canal
Street/Lytle Avenue/State Road A1A South/State Road A1A North, Cemetery
Road/Volco Road, I-95/State Road 9, Indian River North
● New Smyrna Beach: Turnbull Bay Road/North Causeway, Canal
Street/Lytle Avenue/State Road A1A South/State Road A1A North,
I-95/State Road 9, Indian River North/S. Peninsula Avenue

TIPS FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE STORM
● Take photos of any floodwater and damaged items in your home, and
keep receipts.
● Call your insurance agent and file a claim.
● Wear protective gear when using mold-cleaning chemicals or cleaning
up.
● Make sure contractors hired to make repairs are licensed and carry
general liability insurance, workers’ compensation and are bonded.
● FEMA does not recommend or endorse any contractors.
● Anyone who suspects fraud should call FEMA’s Disaster Fraud
Hotline at 866-720-5721, or the Florida Attorney General’s fraud and
price gouging hotline at 866-966-7226.

State and federal recovery officials encourage Florida residents to
watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from
scam artists, and identity thieves and other criminals who may try to
prey on residents vulnerable due to the recent hurricanes. Residents
should also be on the lookout for price gouging by gas stations, hotels
and other businesses serving disaster survivors in Florida.

Residents are reminded to be especially vigilant for these common
post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent building contractors
● Use only licensed local contractors backed by reliable references.
● Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and
workers’ compensation.
● Don’t pay more than half the costs of repairs upfront.

Bogus pleas for post-disaster donations
● Verify legitimate solicitations by asking for the charity’s exact
name, street address, phone number and web address.
● Phone the charity and confirm that the person asking for funds is a
genuine employee or volunteer.
● Don’t pay donations with cash.
● Request a receipt with the charity’s name, street address, and
phone number.

Fake offers of state or federal aid
● Beware of visits, telephone calls or e-mails — claiming to be
from FEMA or the State of Florida — asking for your Social Security
number, bank account number or other sensitive information.
● Avoid scam artists who promise a disaster grant and ask for large
cash deposits or advance payments in full.
● Federal and state workers never solicit or accept money or charge
applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out
applications.

If you believe you’ve fallen victim to a scam artist, call the
Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777. To find out if a contractor is
locally licensed or state certified – or to report unlicensed
contracting in unincorporated areas of the county – call Volusia
County’s Contractor Licensing Office at 386-736-5957, option 2. You
can also visit the county’s Connect Live site at
connectlivepermits.org and click the contractor tab; or search for
state-certified or registered contractors by clicking on the “Verify a
license tab” at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr. You can also report
unlicensed activity at that link.

The most up-to-date storm information can be found on Volusia
County’s Emergency Management Facebook page. We also encourage
residents to follow us on Twitter at VCEmergencyInfo and check
Volusia.org/PIN for updates.

SAFETY

Residents are reminded to continue to use caution when cleaning up
around their homes and businesses.

POWER
FPL has more than 300 restoration workers in the Volusia County area
working to restore service to the remaining customers who do not have
power. They have one major staging site and two support sites in the
Volusia County area. They will remain open until all customers who can
receive power are restored today.

SHELTER
A shelter has been opened at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave.,
Daytona Beach. As of 8 a.m. Thursday, there were 24 evacuees.

SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army is sending food boxes to locations they served
earlier this week to include the Community Center in Pierson, 124 W.
Washington Ave. and the Grocery Box in Oak Hill Oak Hill Mobile Home
Park, the Sha-De-Land Mobile Home Park and the Apple Gate Mobile Home
Park.

RED CROSS
The American Red Cross is providing meals in the areas of Ormond Beach
near A1A, Nova Road in Port Orange, Providence Road in Deltona and in
Edgewater.

HOLLY HILL
All boil water notices in Holly Hill have been rescinded.

CITIZENS INFORMATION CENTER
Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Thursday until further notice. The phone number is 866-345-0345.

The most up-to-date storm information can be found on Volusia
County’s Emergency Management Facebook page. We also encourage
residents to follow us on Twitter at VCEmergencyInfo and check
Volusia.org/PIN for updates.

FIRE RESCUE OPEN HOUSES CANCELED
Due to Hurricane Matthew and its impact to the community, Volusia
County Fire Rescue has canceled its open houses planned for Oct. 14-16.

A1A DETOUR IN NORTH VOLUSIA COUNTY
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there is a
detour in the Ormond by the Sea area due to damage from Hurricane
Matthew.
● Area affected is State Road A1A between San Jose and Sunny Beach,
for a little more than a block.
● Traffic is being detoured to a local road, John Anderson Drive, and
then back State Road A1A.
● Efforts are underway to have the repairs finished and State Road
A1A re-opened to traffic in this section, in less than a month.

North of Volusia County: Flagler Beach, south of State Road 100
● Roughly 1.3 miles of State Road A1A from 9th Street South to 22nd
Street South in Flagler Beach was compromised/damaged by Hurricane
Mathew.
● Current cost estimates, which are subject to change as the scope of
the project is developed, are $35 million dollars, which includes
design-related costs and construction-related costs.

DeLand-Debris removal will begin this week on city-maintained roads in
response to Hurricane Matthew. For more information on debris, call the
city’s debris pickup hotline at 866-721-4372.
For hurricane-related questions, call the city hotline at 386-626-7000.

The City of DeLand is waiving all permitting fees associated with
repairs due to damage from Hurricane Matthew. Emergency repair work may
begin prior to the issuance of a building permit as long as it is
obtained within 48 hours of initiating the work. Additionally, make sure
to take photographs of damage for insurance claim purposes. The Building
Division may be contacted at 386-626-7006, 626-7007, 626-7008 or
626-7009.

Additionally, tree removal and replacement will be temporarily
suspended due to the state of emergency. The removal of severely
wind-damaged trees may be completed without the need for a permit or
replacement. For all other removals, contact Forestry Superintendent
Mariellen Calabro at 386-626-7178 or the Building Division at
386-626-7006.

The public is cautioned to hire only Florida-licensed contractors to
undertake any repair of damaged homes. The City of DeLand anticipates
unlicensed contractors may attempt to perform work in our area, which
may result in work being done that does not meet Florida Business Code
standards.

Edgewater-The city has set up a Resident Assistance Center at Whistle Stop Park,
651 Roberts Road. The Red Cross will provide a hot meal beginning at 5
p.m. today, Oct. 12, for residents in need. Tarps will be given out at
this location (near the FPL tent) while supplies last.

FPL will provide updates on power restoration, Wi-Fi access and a phone
charging station. FPL will also distribute bottled water.

Publix has donated ice, which will be distributed from the FPL tent.
The first shipment of ice is available now and the second shipment will
arrive at approximately 5 p.m.

To eliminate traffic hazards, residents must enter from 30th
Street/Roberts Road and exit on to 28th Street (one-way traffic only).

Resident assistance resource numbers:
Salvation Army: 800-725-2769
Red Cross: 863-294-5941
FPL: 800-468-8243

Holly Hill-The boil water notice for Center Lane has been rescinded. The only
outstanding boil water notice is on Peacock Drive.

New Smyrna Beach-New Smyrna Beach employees are answering calls locally on their
hotline, 386-424-2113.

City officials share cautionary information when working with
contractors:
●       Information about assignment of benefits from the State CFO,
Jeff Atwater:
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/ICA/AssignmentofBenefits.htm
An assignment of benefits (AOB) is a legal tool that allows a third
party to be paid for services performed for an insured homeowner who
would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after
making a claim. AOB is commonly used when a homeowner experiences a
water loss – such as a leaky pipe, an overflow from a sink, or a
damaged appliance – and contacts a contractor or water remediation
company for assistance. Most AOB agreements presented to the homeowner
allow the contractor to stand in the shoes of the homeowner for
insurance collection purposes. Some argue that this legal arrangement
allows unscrupulous contractors to inflate or submit improper claims,
causing legal battles between the contractor and the insurance company,
with the consumer left out of the picture.
● Contractors are required to dispose of materials from work
performed.  Do not leave materials from contractor work at the curb,
have the contractor remove it.

From the Utilities Commission:
Fewer than 1 percent of customers are without power. Crews are out
today restoring individual locations. The goal is to have everyone back
on by the end of today. The Meter Division staff is escorting
out-of-town crews to addresses they may not be familiar with.

Let the commission know when your home’s weather head and/or meter can
are repaired, so crews can be dispatched to reconnect your electric
service as soon as possible.
There may be sporadic outages even after restoration is completed
because of equipment issues (fuses, etc.) and dangling tree limbs that
fall on lines. Call the commission if this is the case with your
electric service, and it will dispatch a truck to repair it as soon as
possible.
The Sports Complex opening is delayed due to hurricane damage; the
opening date is pending.
The New Smyrna Beach Golf Course is now open.

Palm Coast-The City of Palm Coast’s wastewater collection system made good
progress Tuesday as power was restored to more homes in Palm Coast and
utility teams worked to pump out PEP tanks (Pretreatment Effluent
Pumping System). Additionally, power was restored to all but one of the
city’s wastewater system pump stations.

Many homes in the L, Z, E, LL, B, W, R, P and S sections of Palm Coast
have PEP tanks, and Florida Power & Light restored power to many of
those areas Tuesday.

Weir operation
All weirs (also knowan as dams) in the city have had electricity
restored and have returned to normal operation and water levels.

The city’s telephones are back up. Citizens can call customer service
at 386-986-2360 for issues related to water and sewer, streets, drainage
and trash pickup. Citizens can call the Building Division at
386-986-3780 for questions about permitting or to ensure the contractor
they’re hiring has the right license.

The Palm Coast Tennis Center and Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool will open
today, as well as Indian Trails Sports Complex and Ralph Carter Park for
team practices.

All programs at the Palm Coast Community Center are up and running.

Palm Harbor Golf Club and all other City of Palm Coast parks and trails
will be closed until cleanup can be completed. Cleanup is under way by
Public Works crews.

If you have property damage, hire a licensed contractor. All
contractors other than for debris removal and landscaping/tree removal
are required to have a license. Ask to see the license. Call the Palm
Coast Building Division at 386-986-3780 to make sure they have the right
license. Also, get a written contract before the work starts.

If you have any questions related to the hurricane recovery, call the
Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

Port Orange-More than 15 AshBritt trucks will begin collecting storm debris in the
city today. The debris removal trucks will collect all over the city
with a concentration in the harder hit areas, such as east of Nova Road,
south of Taylor Road, and east of I-95.  Waste Pro is running a normal
schedule for household garbage, recyclables and yard waste.

The City Council has issued a temporary permit fee waiver for the
following activities requiring a permit due to damage caused by
Hurricane Matthew: tree removal, roof repairs and replacement, sheds,
carports, fences, pool enclosures, screen rooms, sign repair and
replacement, and other repairs requiring a permit caused by Hurricane
Matthew.

To qualify, permit applications must be complete and each property
owner shall be required to sign a sworn affidavit that the permit
application is needed as a result of damage sustained by Hurricane
Matthew. The Hurricane Matthew permit fee waiver affidavit can be found
at www.port-orange.org/hurricane_matthew.

South Daytona-South Daytona’s City Council voted to waive permit fees for
hurricane-damaged roofs, fences and tree removal for residential
homesteaded properties through Dec. 31. Permit applications and
inspections are still required, but there will be no fee. Temporary sign
permit fees and tree removal permit fees will be waived for businesses
for the same period, with the same requirements.

Sporadic power outages remain in the city. FPL has representatives at
the Piggotte Center, 504 Big Tree Road, for inquiries or if you have
trouble getting through on FPL’s phone or online system.

Hurricane Matthew damaged or destroyed the barriers around many pools.
The city understands that it will take time to restore permanent fences,
screens and other mandated barriers for pool safety, but urges you to
put up a temporary barrier or cover for the safety of children.

Debris removal has begun in the city. Separate vegetative debris from
other construction debris and do not use plastic bags. Call the debris
hotline at 386-322-3080, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All roadways are passable and all street lights are fully operational.

All parks remain closed.

The Blaine O’Neal Memorial Golf Tournament will be rescheduled.

The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15
at the Piggotte Center.

Movie Night in the Park will be held at dusk Oct. 14 at Reed Canal
Park.

Astor Wake Zone-Temporary no-wake zones have been established along portions of the St.Johns River in Astor due to the high water levels caused by Hurricane
Matthew. The two sections of the river that are affected by the idle
speed/no-wake zones are:
●       South Moon Canal to Jungle Den Canal
●       Jungle Den Canal to S.R. 40 bridge
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office urges all boaters to use caution
to help prevent flooding and avoid collisions with debris and other
navigational hazards in the water from last week’s storm.

Beach-Beach safety staff has made a lot of head way with cleaning of the
beaches. Contractors started clearing the beach approaches of debris and
sand today. Forty percent of the conservation poles have been installed
and the majority of them are in core areas.

Beach Safety is still flying the double red flag. The surf is large,
and debris continues to wash up.

FLORIDA RECOVERY INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES:

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Gov. Rick Scott has activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency
Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane
Matthew. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of
Economic Opportunity, will provide short-term, interest-free loans to
small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the
storm and recovery efforts. Applications are due by Nov. 11, 2016.
● Businesses with two to 100 employees that seek to complete an
application by the Nov. 11 deadline, or desire more information on the
program, should visit floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding
the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business
Development Center Network state office at 850-898-3489.
● The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is surveying
businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Virtual Business
Emergency Operations Center. Learn more about the center at flvbeoc.org

Office and warehouse space
There are office and warehouse space offerings for displaced and
damaged businesses. For availability, click on this
link,http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=content_item&cid=105, which
is from the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center.

For the latest updates, like the Volusia County Emergency Management
Facebook page or visit www.volusia.org/pin.

State provides insurance, fraud tip lines:

Representatives with the state of Florida met with local administrators and insurance companies Wednesday to ensure a response for Flagler County residents.

“Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier hosted the meeting to foster a discussion about Hurricane Matthew and its effect on our local community,” Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman said. “The state is asking individuals to reach out to their insurance companies for assistance.”

Concerns about insurance representatives should be directed to one of the following numbers:     

                        Florida Department of Financial Services, 877-693-5336

                        Fraud Tip Hotline, 800-378-0445

                        Arson Tip Hotline, 877-662-7766

                        Public Assistance Fraud, 866-762-2237

                        Unclaimed Property, 888-258-2253

 Additionally, Flagler officials caution residents that use caution when hiring for services and contractors.

Contractors must be registered with Contractor Licensing to work in Flagler County. Proof of License and Liability Insurance is required. For information, call Flagler County’s Contractor Licensing Department at 386-313-4076.

JUDGE EXTENDS FLORIDA VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

A federal judge agreed today, Oct. 12, to extend voting registration in
the state until Oct. 18 because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
Judge Mark E. Walker, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Florida, granted a preliminary injunction to the Florida
Democratic Party and other groups who had argued that voter registration
needed to be moved because of the effects of the storm, which raked
along the eastern coastline for several days. The original deadline was
Tuesday, but the judge had temporarily moved it to Wednesday so he could
hold a hearing on the matter.

PROPERTIES ON THE BEACH – DEBRIS REMOVAL:
Residents on the beach are reminded that all debris from private
property that is on the beach is the responsibility of the private
landowner to collect and properly remove. This means that all displaced
deck boards and railings, metal pieces, broken glass and other debris
must be picked up by the landowner. Also, please do not dump or push
trash on the beach as you are cleaning deck areas, parking lots and
building sites. Additionally, there should be no pumping of pool water
or sump pump discharge onto the beach.

DEBRIS REMOVAL INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS IN UNINCORPORATED VOLUSIA COUNTY:
Residents are reminded that when cleaning up storm-related debris,
debris should not be placed in bags.  Bagged debris will not be
collected. Debris must be sorted among vegetative and construction and
household goods. This requirement also applies in many of the
municipalities. Residents are reminded to check with their municipality
or the county for specific details.

Volusia County haulers will not pick up hurricane debris that is mixed
with normal household garbage. For household garbage, normal procedures
will apply. If you have a small amount of yard debris, normal collection
rules will apply.

Non storm-related items such as appliances, tires, obsolete
electronics, and furniture will not be collected with storm debris.
Normal residential bulky item collection guidelines will be followed.
Residential household hazardous waste (paint cans, aerosol sprays,
pesticides, etc.) should not be placed curbside and comingled with the
storm debris. Household hazardous waste and obsolete electronics can be
dropped off at the Tomoka Landfill or West Volusia Transfer Station free
of charge.

Volusia County expects to make the first of two storm debris passes as
early as Thursday, in coordination with the cities. The county provides
pickup in unincorporated areas and county roads located in cities.

For the latest updates, like the Volusia County Emergency Management
Facebook page or visit www.volusia.org/pin.

Flagler County Clean Up:

In our efforts to assist our residents with the removal of yard waste created by Hurricane Matthew, the City has contracted Crowder Gulf: Disaster Recovery & Relief Management to pick up yard waste debris.

The coordinated efforts will begin Thursday October 13, 2016 and removal will begin on the west side of the City. Crowder Gulf crews will work their efforts eastward and multiple passes will be made in the coming week to assist with yard waste debris removal.

Citizens can put un-bagged yard waste to the side of the road for removal. Yard waste consists of the following; branches, leaves, trees limbs, underbrush, etc.

The importance of separating yard waste debris associated with the storm from normal household waste/garbage (Class 1) and construction debris (treated wood, metal, aluminum siding, etc.) cannot be understated. At this time, Crowder Gulf will make multiple passes for yard waste only.

Our City Sanitation crews will be picking up household garage (Class 1) as normal and our crews along with Crowder Gulf may pick up construction debris in the very near future. “We’re asking our citizens to separate waste into three (3) categories; yard waste debris, house waste/garbage (Class 1) and construction debris. Our goal is to remove debris created by Hurricane Matthew as quickly as possible and the assistance of our residents is paramount to these efforts”.

If there are any questions regarding the removal or yard waste debris (or any other trash removal questions), please feel free to contact City Hall at (386) 517-2000.

Palm Coast – Many City of Palm Coast parks and recreational facilities opened Wednesday, including the Palm Harbor Golf Club driving range, practice facilities, clubhouse and Canfield’s restaurant; the Palm Coast Tennis Center; Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool; and athletic fields and playgrounds at Indian Trails Sports Complex, Belle Terre Park, and Ralph Carter Park.

All programs at the Palm Coast Community Center are up and running. Movies in the Park will be held as planned at 7:15 p.m. Friday, featuring “Hotel Transylvania 2” (PG) on the giant outdoor movie screen at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. More than 20 food trucks plan to participate in Food Truck Tuesdays on Tuesday, along Park Street next to Central Park.

The Pumpkin Shootout Lacrosse Tournament will be played this weekend at Indian Trails Sports Complex. Spectators are invited to come out for this fall family classic hosted by Team Florida Lacrosse.

Cleanup has been under way all week at City parks and trails. Some pathways remain inaccessible due to safety concerns from fallen trees and debris.

Other updates from Wednesday:

Debris removal ongoing – To expedite debris removal from residences, the City asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative Debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris – building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal Household Trash – Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris.

Because of the volume, Waste Pro did not anticipate being able to pick up all bagged debris on Wednesday. Simply leave the bags at curbside, and they will be picked up in the next cycle next Wednesday.

Likewise, the contractor picking up loose debris will have to make several passes through Palm Coast to pick up all debris. This process is expected to take several weeks.

Wastewater System recovery – The City of Palm Coast’s wastewater collection system is finally almost back to normal! By Wednesday morning, all pump stations had power and were pumped down. Tank trunks are still pumping out the remaining PEP (Pretreatment Effluent Pumping System) tanks without power. Any remaining issues will be fully resolved once power is fully restored.

If you have a PEP tank and still don’t have power, limit your use of water. If you begin to experience sewage not going down from your toilets or sink or showing up in your shower or tub, immediately stop all use of water. Call Customer Service at 386-986-2360 to report that you have a sewer backup. A City crew will respond to empty your PEP tank. Due to the volume of calls, the City can only pump down each PEP tank once a day, so remember to limit your use of water going down the drain.

If you have a PEP tank, when your power comes back on, the pep tank alarm may go off. To silence the ring, there’s a re-set button on the side panel located on the side of your house. Continue to limit the use of water for the next 24 or so hours to give your PEP tank time to pump down and return to normal operation. If the alarm did ring, the City recommends you report that to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

Questions? – Citizens can call Customer Service at 386-986-2360 for issues related to water and sewer, streets, drainage and trash pickup. Citizens can call the Building Division at 386-986-3780 for questions about permitting or to ensure the contractor they’re hiring has the right license.

The City website – www.palmcoastgov.com – has valuable information about resources available to the public, as well as safety tips to help our community remain safe during the cleanup process.

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES– As of today, October 12, at 1 p.m., Florida Hospital New Smyrna has reopened to the community and all hospital services are open to patients.

Florida Hospital New Smyrna has been diligently working on cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew, and we appreciate the community’s patience.

All other Florida Hospital locations in Volusia and Flagler counties are open and operating as normal. In addition to Florida Hospital New Smyrna, this includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach.

Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital East Florida Region facilities on Twitter at twitter.com/FlHospVF.

October 12, 2016 Volusia County Update:

Florida Power and Light has Customer Services Sites at the following
locations:

City of Deltona Fire Department
2176 Howland Blvd.
Deltona

Piggott Community Center
504 Big Tree Road
South Daytona

Whistle Stop Park
651 Roberts Road
Edgewater

Publix at Ormond Beach Mall
1258 Ocean Shore Blvd.
Ormond By The Sea

Oak Hill Sunoco
262 S. U.S. Hwy 1
Oak Hill

Florida Power & Light Customer Service Sites offer water and charging
stations, and have customer service representatives available to answer
questions.

For the latest updates, like the Volusia County Emergency Management
Facebook page or visit www.volusia.org/pin.

SAFETY

Residents are reminded to continue to use caution when cleaning up
around their homes and businesses.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
Teams from the Volusia County Property Appraiser’s Office continue to
work throughout the county to complete initial damage assessment.

Volusia County Emergency Management is working with the state and FEMA
to determine if assistance for residents in Volusia County will be
available. At this time, Volusia County has not been declared for
Individual Assistance from FEMA. In addition, Disaster Recovery Centers
have NOT been opened.

CITIZENS INFORMATION CENTER – RESIDENTS WITH DAMAGE TO THEIR HOMES
Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center is open today from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. The CIC will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday until
further notice. The phone number is 866-345-0345.

SHELTER
A shelter has been opened at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave.,
Daytona Beach. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, there were 21 evacuees. The
shelter at First United Methodist Church in DeLand has been closed.

SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army is providing meals at two locations until 6 p.m.
Wednesday:
● Emergency EVAC Center, 112 Carswell Ave., Holly Hill
● Pierson Community Center, 124 W. Washington Ave., Pierson

The Salvation Army also has mobile canteens providing meals in the Oak
Hill Mobile Home Park, the Sha-De-Land Mobile Home Park and the Apple
Gate Mobile Home Park.

RED CROSS
The American Red Cross is providing meals in the areas of Ormond Beach
near A1A, Nova Road in Port Orange, Providence Road in Deltona and in
Edgewater.

LIBRARY UPDATE
All Volusia County Public Library branches are open regular hours,
except the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library in Daytona Beach. All
public access computers are running, and Wi-Fi is available.

NO-WAKE ZONES ON ST. JOHNS RIVER IN ASTOR DUE TO WATER LEVEL

 Temporary no-wake zones have been established along portions of the St. Johns River in Astor due to the high water levels caused by Hurricane Matthew. The two sections of the river that are affected by the idle speed/no-wake zones are as follows:

 -From the South Moon Canal to the Jungle Den Canal

-From the Jungle Den Canal to the S.R. 40 bridge

 The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office urges all boaters to use caution to help prevent flooding and avoid collisions with debris and other navigational hazards in the water from last week’s storm.

Meal centers remain open on Wednesday in Flagler Co.

October 12, 2016 – There are several spots throughout Flagler County where residents can get a meal on Wednesday, and the American Red Cross has three roving vehicles distributing meals.

 

Meals are being distributed in the following locations:

 

·         The Salvation Army is in Beverly Beach providing meals at 2814 N. Oceanshore Blvd., near Surfside Estates at noon to 6 p.m.

·         Red Cross is providing meals at the Adult Education Center parking lot, 5633 N. Highway A1A, Hammock, at noon and 5 p.m.

·         Red Cross is at Flagler County Main Branch Library parking lot, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, providing meals at noon and 5 p.m.

·         Red Cross is at Town Center in Palm Coast (where the food trucks stage), 975 Central Avenue, at noon and 5 p.m.

·         Red Cross is providing meals at Hidden Trails Community Center parking lot, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., at noon and 5 p.m.

·         Three roving vehicles are circulating throughout Flagler County.

 

Flagler County Continues to operate a call center at 386-586-5111.

 

The Red Cross has established a Hurricane Matthew hotline at 800-768-8048 to provide information about the resources available in every county.

October 11, 2016 Countywide update-Here’s a comprehensive list of information for Volusia County.

Of 240,000-plus outages in Volusia County at the height of the storm,
power companies have restored more than 225,700 of those outages as of
this morning, Oct. 11.

Florida Power & Light has issued the following information:
If the power is on next door, but yours is not, make sure your home or
business is ready to receive power by checking the connection to FPL:
●       Look at the meter, the box that holds it, and the connected
pipes and wires on the wall of the building.
●       If the meter box, pipes or wires are bent or broken, repairs may
be needed before FPL can restore power. If it looks damaged, contact a
licensed electrician. Do not touch damaged equipment.
●       If the meter is damaged, restoration workers will replace it.

BOIL WATER NOTICES

The City of Ormond Beach has lifted its boil water notice.

About 145 homes in Holly Hill remain under a boil water notice. The
homes are on Narcissus Avenue, North and South Flamingo drives, and
Center Lane. Repairs are in progress on Peacock Road, and water service
has not been restored to 40 customers. Those customers will be placed on
a boil water notice when water is restored.

SALVATION ARMY

Salvation Army volunteers are providing food and water to the public at
these locations:
●       Pierson Community Center, 124 W. Washington Ave., Pierson
●       Dollar General Store, 107 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill
●       Publix, 1850 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill
●       EVAC building, 112 Carswell Ave., Holly Hill

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner is served from 4 to 6
p.m.

Mobile canteens are roaming among HUD homes in Port Orange and mobile
home parks in west Volusia.

HALIFAX HUMANE SOCIETY

The Halifax Humane Society asks residents to serve as “storm
troopers” by hosting adoptable pets through Friday, Oct. 14. Employees
and volunteers hope this will allow animals to stay in homes instead of
the kennels while they continue to repair the shelter. Families are
asked to stop by the shelter between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to temporarily
foster a dog, cat or other adoptable pet. Animals should be returned by
Friday, Oct. 14, with flexibility. If families fall in love with their
new friend, they are welcome to adopt it from the humane society.

If you have a lost or missing pet, contact the Halifax Humane Society
at info@halifaxhumanesociety.org or on its Facebook page. Include a
photo of the pet. Residents can also call 386-274-4703.

If you find an animal, send a photo with complete information by email
or Facebook private message. If you drop an animal off at the shelter,
let staff know.

The Halifax Humane Society’s shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
at 2364 W. LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach. The society’s dog park and
Redinger Clinic are closed.

DEBRIS PICKUP

Residents should not place yard debris in bags. Debris should be pushed
to the right of way without blocking the road. Debris removal
information can be found at www.volusia.org/pin.

HOSPITALS

All hospitals in Volusia County are fully operational. Patients are
being returned to Florida Hospital Oceanside and Florida Hospital New
Smyrna today.

BEACHES

Volusia County beaches remain closed to vehicular traffic. Staff plans
to reopen beaches incrementally in high-usage areas first and then work
outward to the remaining areas. Numerous ramps and walkovers are
compromised; it will take time to re-establish the traffic areas and
replace signs, lifeguard towers and other equipment.

The beaches are open to pedestrians. However, pedestrians should use
caution and watch where they are walking. The debris on the beach
consists of jagged metal and boards with nails in them.

Lifeguards are flying a double red flag and urge people to not go into
the ocean as there may be debris. Trees, metal roof pieces, and other
large construction materials floating in the water could cause severe
injuries. Additionally, there will be a high threat for rip currents.

RESIDENTS WITH DAMAGED HOMES

Residents with damage to their home should file a claim with their
insurance company. Those who received significant damage from Hurricane
Matthew are advised to call Volusia County’s Citizens Information
Center at 866-345-0345, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
through Wednesday.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTERS (COAD)

COAD is coordinating volunteers and donations through the Emergency
Operations Center. For more information, call the Citizens Information
Center at 866-345-0345. COAD is a multi-agency group that assists local
governments in organizing and deploying volunteers and resources in
response to the unmet needs of local disaster survivors. Membership is
open to individuals, faith-based groups, government agencies, civic
clubs, volunteer organizations, social service agencies, business people
and emergency management personnel.

SAFETY TIPS

Generators:
●       Never place a generator in a house or garage or near windows,
vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
●       Get fresh air immediately if you feel dizzy or sick.
●       Keep your generator dry. Short circuits may occur in wet
conditions, which can cause a generator fire.

Power lines:
●       Never touch a fallen power line, and do not drive through
standing water if power lines are in the water.
●       If a power line falls on your car while you are driving, stay
inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line.
●       Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup.

Food safety:
●       Get rid of food if it has a strange smell, color or texture.
●       Dispose of cans that are open, damaged or bulging.
●       Toss food that requires refrigeration but has been warmer than
40 degrees for two hours or longer. This includes meat, eggs, fish,
poultry and leftovers.

Daytona Beach

Construction permit fees are being waived for emergency storm-related
repairs caused by Hurricane Matthew.  Types of repair include roofing,
exterior doors and windows, siding, mechanical, plumbing and electrical.
Although the fees are waived, completed permit applications are still
required, including licensing requirements. Permit fees will be waived
through Friday, Oct. 21. To expedite the process, applications will be
reviewed by counter personnel and, in most cases, can be approved
onsite.

To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be
the homeowner, who meets Florida Statute 481.103, or a licensed
contractor.

When using a contractor, make sure the contractor is licensed by the
State of Florida. The licensing process protects property owners from
incompetent, dishonest and predatory workers. To see if a contractor is
properly licensed and bonded, visit www.myfloridalicense.com.

The application and permit fees to remove hazardous, storm-damaged
trees will also be waived.

The city’s Permits and Licensing Department, located in City Hall, 301
S. Ridgewood Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 386-671-8140.

DeBary

All roads are now open.

DeLand

All roads should be open by close of business today, Oct. 10.

Deltona

Hurricane Matthew debris removal day is Thursday. Residents should
place separated piles of yard debris (limbs, branches etc.) and
construction debris (shingles and fencing) on the curb by Wednesday
night.

There are no boil water notices for Deltona Water customers.

Residents who see downed trees blocking the roads or sidewalks, street
signage that’s down, or other public works related issues can call
386-878-8950.

Edgewater

The City has set up a Disaster Recovery Center at Whistle Stop Park (651 Roberts Road).  For residents in need of food and water, hot meals and bottled water (organized by the Red Cross) will be provided today (October 11th) at 1:30 PM.  FPL is also set up at that location to provide updates on power restoration and they will provide WI-FI access and a phone charging station.

The Edgewater Citizens Information Line is staffed with personnel from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to field questions and concerns from residents. The
number is 386-424-2400.

The city’s water system remained at pressure during the entire event
and no boil water notices have been issued.

The City Council held a special meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 to discuss
Hurricane Matthew recovery.

All debris must be placed curbside and separated by type (vegetative,
construction, electronic and household refuse). Do not bag vegetative
debris, including leaves. Leaves can be placed on top of piles of
branches. A private debris management company is assisting with
vegetative (wooden fence debris as well) debris removal to expedite the
cleanup. Normal refuse and recycling schedules resumed today. All city
offices opened for normal hours beginning today.

Florida Hospital New Smyrna is expected to resume normal operations on
Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Winn-Dixie and Publix in Edgewater are open for business. Both have
supplies of ice and water for purchase.

Resident assistance resource numbers:
Salvation Army: 800-SAL-ARMY
Red Cross: 863-294-5941

New Smyrna Beach

The New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex is in clean-up recovery, preparing
for Thursday night leagues and tournament play this weekend.

The city’s golf course manager, Gary Wintz, and his staff are working
with the city’s Operations and Maintenance Department to complete debris
and tree removal at the course, located at 1000 Wayne Ave, New Smyrna
Beach. The plan is to open the golf course for business on Wednesday,
Oct. 12. In the interim, Tiano’s Italian Restaurant is open for lunch
and dinner; call 386-428-0330 for takeout. Tee time hours are 7 a.m. to
5.30 p.m. and the range closes at 4.30 p.m. Thursday range hours are 8
a.m. to dusk.

Orange City

The remaining road closures are:

●       A portion of South Boundary Avenue
●       On North Amelia Avenue, north of Minnesota Avenue (power lines)
●       On West Voorhis Avenue, west Stone Street (debris and power
lines)

Ormond Beach

Water distribution has ended at 101 E. Granada Blvd. It will resume at
9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399
N. U.S. 1, until 6 p.m. or while supplies last.

All of the city’s leisure services facilities, including parks, will be
closed until further notice

Palm Coast

The city’s telephones went down this morning, Monday, Oct. 10, due to
a problem with the city’s phone carrier.

For assistance with city services – such as utility service, pep tank
alarms, and questions about debris pickup – call the Emergency
Operations Center at 386-586-5111 or email customer service at
customer-service@palmcoastgov.com. Customer service representatives
from the City of Palm Coast are set up at the EOC to answer these
calls.

Because of ongoing power outages, the City of Palm Coast is
experiencing many issues with its wastewater system and needs residents’
immediate assistance.

If you are on a PEP System (Pre-treatment Effluent Pumping System) and
don’t have power and begin to experience sewage not going down from your
toilets or sink or showing up in your shower or tub, immediately stop
all use of water. Call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360 or
the EOC at 386-586-5111 to report that you have a sewer backup. You will
be the highest priority for a city crew to respond to empty your PEP
tank.

If you are on a PEP System or the gravity sewer system and don’t have
power, please limit your use of water. Do not do laundry. Flush as
infrequently as possible. Put as little water down your sinks and
showers as possible. Wash up with your hose in the yard, if possible.

If you have a PEP tank and have no power, your PEP System isn’t working
because the pump requires power. If your tank fills, your wastewater
will not go down and you will begin to experience backups.

For the gravity sewer system, there are currently no sewer backups.
However, some lift stations in Palm Coast are still without power and
are at risk of causing backups if the system becomes overloaded.

The city is working around the clock on these wastewater issues. There
are a dozen tank trucks operating, with more on the way. In addition,
there are numerous generator crews addressing full PEP tanks.

As power is restored street by street, the wastewater problems are
being resolved street by street. Until power is fully restored,
residents are urged to follow the above guidelines.

Port Orange

Roadways
The city’s roadways are 90 percent cleared. All traffic lights on
Dunlawton are back on commercial power, and generators are being removed
or used on non-operational traffic lights. Volusia County is making
repairs to the traffic light on Clyde Morris and Herbert Street.

Most roadways are drivable, although there is still debris on the
shoulder, and most intersection traffic lights are operational. Four
lights are still running on generator, but are being worked on to return
to their own power. Dunlawton Bridge continues to be open and traffic
continues to flow smoothly.

Law enforcement
There have been reports of unlicensed contractors in neighborhoods.

Parks and Recreation
The Riverwalk Kayak launch and playground remains closed. The pontoon
attached to the pier will need to be removed. All Parks and Recreation
outdoor activities for Tuesday have been canceled.

Community Development
Damage assessment was completed Saturday, and field crews found that
about 2,500 private structures sustained some damage. Over 90 percent of
the damage was classified as “affected” or “minor.” The majority
of the approximately 150 structures that had major damage were mobile
homes. Building and Code Enforcement staff is posting the “unsafe”
and Limited Entry structures today.

Public utilities
There are no boil water notices for the City of Port Orange.
The water plant is operational. The Central Wellfield is without
commercial power and operating under generator power. The Peninsula Pump
Station is still operating under generator power.

The Wastewater Plant is operational and operating on commercial power
except for one area on generator. A total of 7.840 MG were pumped out of
the Dunlawton drainage ponds, and the pond level is currently at sea
level.

Lift stations
Ten stations are out of power and using pumper trucks to maintain their
levels. Six stations are operating with portable pumps, and five
stations are operating under generator power. Four or five tank trucks
are pumping out the sewer system to reduce levels.

South Daytona

Power has not been restored to the entire city yet. All roads are now
passable. Parks remain closed. The street lights at Reed Canal and U.S.
1 and Venture and U.S. 1 are out.

Seventh Judicial Circuit

All courthouses in Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties will reopen
tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The Putnam County Courthouse reopened today, Oct. 10.

During this emergency, all court deadlines will be extended and all
scheduled court hearings will be rescheduled when court resumes.

Daytona State College

Daytona State College classes will resume Tuesday, Oct. 11, except for
the DeLand Campus, which is still experiencing a power outage.
Instructors will continue to work with any students having
difficulties.

In the event of emergencies, contact DSC’s Campus Safety Office,
386-506-4444.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle will resume classes on Tuesday, Oct. 11.  As of midday
today, minor safety issues continue to be discovered and quickly
addressed by grounds and facilities crews. A room-by-room sweep of
buildings is in process and minor repairs are being performed. Power
outages still affect some athletics facilities and a downed power line
persists near the alumni/print shop/marketing buildings on the corner of
Clyde Morris and Richard Petty Boulevards (it is well marked, but
continue to use caution).

October 10, 2016 – Two fatalities were reported in Volusia County today. An 89-year old
DeLeon Springs man was killed after apparently touching a downed power
line. A 9-year-old Daytona Beach child died, apparently due to carbon
monoxide poisoning in connection with the use of a generator.

GENERATOR SAFETY TIPS
●       Never place a generator in a house or garage or near windows,
vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
●       Get fresh air immediately if you feel dizzy or sick.
●       Keep your generator dry. Short circuits may occur in wet
conditions, which can cause a generator fire.

POWER LINE SAFETY TIPS
●       Never touch a fallen power line, and do not drive through
standing water if power lines are in the water.
●       If a power line falls on your car while you are driving, stay
inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line.
●       Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup.

FOOD SAFETY
●       Get rid of food if it has a strange smell, color or texture.
●       Dispose of cans that are open, damaged or bulging.
●       Toss food that requires refrigeration but has been warmer than
40 degrees for two hours or longer. This includes meat, eggs, fish,
poultry and leftovers.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS
More than 60 traffic signals across the county remain inoperational.
Motorists are reminded to treat intersections without traffic signals as
four-way stops.

POWER
The debris from Hurricane Matthew is immense. There are pockets of
heavily damaged areas with trees down, entangled in power lines and
lying across the roads. This makes the power restoration extremely
challenging. Power companies have been working around the clock to
restore electricity throughout Volusia County as soon as possible.

Officials expect the vast majority of the remaining outages to be
restored by tomorrow, with the understanding that there may be some
areas that will take longer due to the damage in the area.

Of the initial 240,000 outages, fewer than 50,000 who are still without
power. Power companies have announced the numbers of Volusia County
customers who are awaiting power restoration:
●       Florida Power & Light: 23,070
●       Duke Energy: 5,225
●       Clay Electric: 397

By the end of the day, New Smyrna Beach Utilities officials expect 80
percent of customers will have power.

Officials expect the vast majority of the remaining outages to be
restored by tomorrow, with the understanding that there may be some
areas that will take longer due to the damage in the area.

DEBRIS PICKUP
Residents should not place yard debris in bags. Debris should be pushed
to the right of way without blocking the road. Debris removal
information can be found at www.volusia.org/pin.

HOSPITALS
All hospitals in the county are fully operational with the exceptions
of Florida Hospital Oceanside and Florida Hospital New Smyrna. Both of
them should be fully operational by Wednesday.

RESIDENTS WITH DAMAGED HOMES
Residents with damage to their home should file a claim with their
insurance company. If you received significant damage from Hurricane
Matthew and are unable to stay in your home, call Volusia County’s
Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345, which will be open daily
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTERS (COAD)
COAD is coordinating volunteers and donations through the Emergency
Operations Center. For more information, call the Citizens Information
Center at 866-345-0345. COAD is a multi-agency group that assists local
governments in organizing and deploying volunteers and resources in
response to the unmet needs of local disaster survivors. Membership is
open to individuals, faith-based groups, government agencies, civic
clubs, volunteer organizations, social service agencies, business people
and emergency management personnel.

Boil water notices
Ormond Beach:
●       The boil water notice remains in effect for Ormond Beach.

Holly Hill:
●       About 145 homes in Holly Hill remain under a boil water notice.
The homes are on Narcissus Avenue, North and South Flamingo drives, and
Center Lane.
●       Repairs are in progress on Peacock Road, and water service has
not been restored to 40 customers. Those customers will be placed on a
boil water notice when water is restored.

Shelter
One shelter remains open at the First United Methodist Church, DeLand.
Thirty-six people are being sheltered.

Salvation Army
Salvation Army mobile canteens from around the state are serving
communities in Volusia and Flagler counties that continue to feel the
impact of Hurricane Matthew. After arriving onsite Saturday morning,
crews immediately began serving in Oak Hill, Holly Hill, DeLand, New
Smyrna Beach, Flagler Beach and Bunnell. The Salvation Army has served
7,697 meals and 4,274 since Thursday.

Along with meal service, Salvation Army officials offer emotional and
spiritual care and an opportunity to pray. They also listen to families
that have been affected by the disaster.

People who want to help those affected by the storm to visit
www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Citizens Information Center
Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center will be open to answer
hurricane-related questions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday.

There have been several status updates in Flagler County that are effective immediately. Please see the bullet points listed below:

·         The curfew remains in effect on the barrier island only – 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily until further notice.

·         Beach and boardwalks closed in Flagler Beach

·         State Road A1A is closed in Flagler Beach between South 8th Street and South 22nd Street and on the north end of town between North 19thStreet and North 23rd Street.

·         State Road A1A is closed to through traffic in the unincorporated areas of Flagler County immediately north of Beverly Beach.

·         Regular household waste collection resumes on Monday. The collection schedule will be the normal collection schedule. This includes recycle collections.

·         County residents are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way. Debris removal operations will begin on Monday, October 10.

o   The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole, or easement on PUBLIC ROADWAYS.

o   Keep vegetative debris (woody burnable debris such as limbs and shrubbery) separated from construction and demolition debris, as they will be collected separately.

o   Only debris that was generated from the storm will be collected. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way; only loose debris will be collected.

·         The ban on alcohol sales has been lifted. Residents are asked to continue to follow all Florida laws regarding alcohol.

·         Closed offices: Flagler County, Flagler County Schools, Flagler County Health Department, Wickline Senior Center (800 S. Daytona Avenue), David Siegel Adult Day Center (1000 Belle Terre Blvd.)

·         OPEN OFFICES: Flagler County Supervisor of Elections.

·         Comfort Center: Palm Coast Branch of the Flagler County Public Library will be open from noon until 5 p.m. Limited services available. There will be a limited supply of water and ready-to-eat meals distributed from this location.

 ·         For general questions, please use the citizen information call-in line at 386-586-5111 or www.flagleremegency.com. Hours of operation are changing to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Use      9-1-1 for medical emergencies.

Volusia County Libraries reopen
All Volusia County Public Library branches will be open regular hours today, Monday, Oct. 10, except the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island and the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library in Daytona Beach.

All public access computers are running, and WiFi is available.

As a courtesy, the libraries will offer free visitor passes to non-library card holders for public access computers through Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Volusia County Beach Safety Sunday update:
There is erosion along Volusia County beaches. Residents are asked to be patient as staff works to reopen the beaches, which remain closed to vehicular traffic. Staff plans to incrementally reopen beaches in high-usage areas first and then work outward to the remaining areas. Access areas are compromised; it will take time to re-establish the traffic areas and replace signs, lifeguard towers and other equipment.

The beaches are open to pedestrians; however, lifeguards are flying a double red flag and urge people to not go into the ocean as there may be debris. Additionally, there will be a high threat for rip currents.
There is widespread debris on the beach and in the water. Trees, metal roof pieces, and other large construction materials floating in the water could cause severe injuries.

Volusia County Hurricane Matthew – Recovery update 3 Sunday October 9, 2016

Salvation Army

Volunteers will serve lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday,
Oct. 10, at the Pierson Public Library, 115 N. Volusia Ave. Pierson; and
the Grocery Box, 262 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill.

Property Appraiser’s Office

Thirteen teams assessed damage in east Volusia County today. They will
transition to west Volusia on Monday. The updated damage assessment is
$150 million, but there is still a significant amount of east Volusia
data that needs to be compiled.

Power

Florida Power & Light is working to restore power to 62,000 customers
in Volusia County. FPL has 2,100 workers in the county. Duke Energy is
working to restore power to 32,941 customers in Volusia County.

Shelter

One shelter remains open at the First United Methodist Church, DeLand.
Forty people are being sheltered.

Residents with damaged homes

Residents with damage to their home should file a claim with their
insurance company. If you received significant damage from Hurricane
Matthew and are unable to stay in your home, call Volusia County’s
Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345, which will reopen at 8 a.m.
Monday.

Beaches

There is erosion along Volusia County beaches. Residents are asked to
be patient as staff works to reopen the beaches, which remain closed to
vehicular traffic. Staff plans to incrementally reopen beaches in
high-usage areas first and then work outward to the remaining areas.
Access areas are compromised; it will take time to re-establish the
traffic areas and replace signs, lifeguard towers and other equipment.

The beaches are open to pedestrians; however, lifeguards are flying a
double red flag and urge people to not go into the ocean as there may be
debris. Additionally, there will be a high threat for rip currents.
There is widespread debris on the beach and in the water. Trees, metal
roof pieces, and other large construction materials floating in the
water could cause severe injuries.

Daytona State College

Daytona State College classes are canceled for Monday, Oct. 10. Faculty
will adjust due dates as needed for both online and on-campus classes.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Classes and work will resume regular schedules on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Department of Health

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County locations will be closed
to the public Monday, Oct. 10. Offices are expected to reopen Tuesday,
Oct. 11.

Garbage, recycling and yard trash collection

Do not place hurricane debris in the road. This obstructs traffic,
hinders clean-up and power restoration efforts, and makes it difficult
for emergency vehicles to pass.

Debris removal is different from your normal garbage collection.
Volusia County haulers will not pick up debris that is mixed with normal
household garbage.
●       For household garbage, normal procedures will apply.
●       If you have a small amount of yard debris, normal collection
rules will apply.
●       Residents can find the requirements by contacting their
municipality or the county.
●       If you hire a contractor to handle large tree debris or
household damage, make sure the contractor knows he or she is required
to take it to the proper landfill. Contractors are required by law to
dispose of debris properly; they cannot place it in the right-of-way.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of the county can expect the
following:
●       If you are performing the cleanup yourself or using volunteers,
you may place the debris curbside away from fire hydrants, power lines
and mailboxes and do not block drainage ditches or inlets.
●       Debris must be sorted between vegetative and construction and
household goods.
●       The county anticipates making its first of possibly three passes
in approximately a week; giving citizens time to clean up.

Waste collection services for unincorporated areas (not cities) will
resume Monday, Oct. 10, and will follow the normal weekly schedule. To
make up for the collection day missed on Oct. 7, excess garbage will be
collected.

Normal residential solid waste collection guidelines will be in
effect:
●       Garbage pickup service includes the blue 95-gallon cart and one
additional 32-gallon container
●       Recycling
●       Yard trash pickup service is limited to 2 cubic yards per week.
Limbs may not exceed 4 feet in length or 1 foot in diameter. Cans and
limbs must weigh less than 60 pounds.
●       Whole trees cut or blown down are not included in yard trash
service.
●       Bulky waste is limited to four pieces of furniture, appliance,
carpet and tires.
●       Carpet must be cut, rolled and tied (or taped) in bundles no
greater than 4 feet by 8 feet and no more than 60 pounds in weight.
●       Construction and demolition debris (including aluminum siding,
tile, screening, and drywall) is not included with normal residential
waste collection services. Homeowners are responsible for disposal.

The county is not able to pick up storm debris at this time. A schedule
will be announced soon.

 

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections 

Although county offices will be closed tomorrow; the Department of Elections will be open from 8 am – 5 pm.

“I want anyone who would like to register to vote to have the opportunity. The deadline to register for the November 8 General Election isOctober 11. Our office will be open normal hours on Monday and we will be open until 7 pm Tuesday, October 11.”-Lisa Lewis, Supervisor of Elections.

 

Ormond Beach 10-9-16

MANDATORY BOIL WATER NOTICE is still in effect.  Staff is in the process of completing required sampling of the water system by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) which is required for two consecutive days.  Should testing results pass, the boil water notice could be lifted as early as Tuesday.  You will be notified by phone message as soon as the boil water notice is lifted.

 

WATER DISTRIBUTION will continue until the boil water notice has been lifted.  It will be available from 9 AM to 6 PM daily at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 North U.S. 1, and 101 East Granada Blvd., (old Food Lion property) at the corner of North Halifax Drive and East Granada Blvd.

 

CITY HALL will be open for regular business operations on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 8:00 AM.

 

LEISURE SERVICES FACILITIES AND ALL EVENTS have been cancelled through Wednesday, October 12, 2016, to allow facilities to be assessed as other higher priority cleanup activities are completed.

 

PERMITS for residential and commercial emergency repairs following Hurricane Matthew, contractors and businesses must appear at the City’s Planning/Building permit counter, 22 S. Beach Street, to provide their license to prove they are eligible to do the work intended as well as to receive a no fee permit.  No fee permits for hurricane damage related work will be waived for 60 days beginning Monday, October 10, 2016.  The Planning/Building Department will open at 8:00 AM.  Tree removal permits have been temporarily suspended.  The public is cautioned to hire Florida licensed contractors only and to be wary of door-to-door solicitors asking for large deposits or who promise to speed up the permit process.

 

YARD DEBRIS should be placed curbside for pickup but not in the roadways.  Placing debris in the roadways will impact the storm cleanup as well as emergency vehicle response.  The City has debris removal teams in place to begin collecting yard debris late Monday, October 10, or early Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  The first pass will likely take 5-7 days, with four additional passes being made to complete the removal of yard debris.  Regular yard waste pickup remains as scheduled.

 

The City thanks you and appreciates your patience and cooperation as we work to bring our community back to high standards typical of Ormond Beach.

Flagler Beach update

 

                October 9, 2016 – Flagler’s beaches will be closed until further notice because of safety issues.

            “The problem is that schools are closed until Wednesday, families and kids are going to want to come to the beach,” said Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney. “But the beaches just aren’t safe because there is so much debris in the water and on the beach.”

            That debris includes wood from the pier that was partially destroyed, roofing nails, and both metal and wood from the dune walkovers – which have also been left unsafe for use.

            “We want people to come to beach and enjoy the restaurants,” Doughney said. “Unfortunately, we have to close the beaches. We haven’t begun the clean-up efforts at the beach and we want people to be safe.”

Flagler Officials Say Secure tarps, cover exposed areas Monday until mid-week

 

             October 9, 2016 – While it appears that Hurricane Matthew will not rear its head again as once feared, it does appear that Flagler County will experience breezy conditions beginning Monday.

            “Northeast winds are forecast to be between 15 and 20 mph with some higher gusts,” said Steve Garten, Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager. “There is also a chance of some scattered showers.”

            Conditions are predicted to be worse along the coast than inland.

            “Please secure tarps so they don’t blow away,” Garten said. “Also, if your home has any exposed areas, it’s a good idea to cover them to prevent additional water damage.”

SunRail Resumes Service Monday Morning

Sanford – SunRail will resume regular commuter rail service Monday morning, October 10.

Late last week, SunRail suspended service for safety reasons and to make the corridor hurricane-ready. Throughout the weekend, crews worked to make the corridor service-ready again. Work included removing downed trees, testing signal and safety systems, and running a test train the entire length of the 61.5 mile corridor. 

SunRail will also work with local partners to identify dates and opportunities to run special Saturday service, which is a privately funded initiative. The initial running this past weekend was cancelled due to safety concerns and venue cancellation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane recovery information from the City of Palm Coast

 

The City of Palm Coast continues to clean up and recover from Hurricane Matthew, and Florida Power & Light is working to restore power. Today’s updates include:

 

Tree removal from roads continues – Palm Coast Public Works crews, along with Florida Power & Light crews, are continuing to remove trees from public roads. There are still some residential roads that are impassable due to downed trees that have powerlines tangled in them. Please avoid those areas; any downed powerlines should be considered “hot.” If you have any fallen trees from the public right-of-way that have damaged private property, contact Customer Service at 386-986-2360 to report it.

 

Debris removal – To expedite debris removal from residences, the City asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative Debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris – building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal Household Trash – Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris.

 

Wastewater sewer system – The City’s wastewater sewer system is reaching capacity, and the City is urging residents to limit the use of water – even if they have power. Don’t do laundry and limit flushing and showers.

 

If you have a pep tank and your power is not back on yet, when your power comes back on, the pep tank alarm may go off. To silence the ring, there’s a re-set button on the side panel located on the side of your house. Then report to Customer Service at 386-986-2360 for required maintenance

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