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Posted on: September 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Sally update #15

The county is working with state and FEMA recovery teams on assessments. 

  • As of 3:30 Mon.,
     - 988 damage assessments were conducted
     - 48 structures were destroyed
     - 233 had major damage
     - 171 had minor damage
     - 536 were affected.
  • Since Saturday, Santa Rosa County has distributed
     - 8500 tarps
     - 10,636 cases of water
     - 8090 cases of MREs (97,080 meals)


  • The county’s debris hauling contractor will be on the roads on Tues., Sept. 22 and Wed., Sept 23 cutting hanging limbs over the roads so trucks can pick up debris.
  • Residential debris removal begins Thurs., Sept. 24. 
  • Once crews make a complete pass, two passes will be made to pick up extra debris - total of three passes. Residents will be notified before the final pass.
  • To help removal debris pickup operate as smoothly as possible, separate your debris as follows:
    - normal household trash
    - vegetative debris (do not bag leaves/vegetative debris)
    - construction/demolition debris
    - appliances/white goods
    - electronics
    - household hazardous debris (see list)
  • The county’s debris pickup does not include the cities of Milton ( or Gulf Breeze ( See those municipality web sites for their debris pickup plans.
  • Crews will begin by picking up vegetative debris first. Please cut logs less than 8 feet long. Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris.
  • Place separated debris beside the roadway where crews can easily access. Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc. or in ditches
  • Crews are not allowed to go on to private property to remove debris.
  • Pickup will be from dawn to dusk and vehicles.
  • Santa Rosa County residents (not commercial haulers/landscapers) may also bring vegetative debris at no cost to Central Landfill until further notice. 
  • Questions? Call 850-626-0191.

Donation Needs and Volunteer Coordination

  • Residents who still need food, clothing, should contact 211. 211 is a free phone resource offered by United Way of West Florida for residents throughout the area. 211 is able to direct callers to an array of community resources for food, clothing, medical/prescription and financial assistance.
  • Residents who need assistance with tree removal, roof tarping, muck-outs or other manpower needs should call the Citizen Information Line, 850-983-INFO.
  • Persons and organizations (churches, etc.) who would like to volunteer should call 850-983-INFO and a volunteer coordinator will match them to the best fit. 
  • Persons interested in donating should visit SAFER Santa Rosa ( or mail a check to SAFER, 4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton, FL 32583. There is no call for in-kind donations. 

Reporting Damage

  • Residents are asked to continue to report damage at or call 850-983-4636. This helps the county with the assessment to FEMA.
  • Take photos before you start cleaning up including taking photos of the water line from flood waters on the outside of your home before you pressure wash.
  • Take note of lost or damaged items and gather any original receipts for these items.
  • After gathering documentation, call your insurance company to submit a claim.

Road and Bridge Closures


  • Milton Community Center shelter closes at 5 p.m. today, Mon., Sept. 21.

County COVID Testing

  • COVID testing resumed today at Milton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will return to its usual schedule of Mon., Wed., Fri. at the Milton Community Center and Tues., Thurs. at Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze.

Gulf Breeze Library

  • The Gulf breeze library is open, however the parking lot is currently full. Patrons may park at City Hall and walk over.
  • Patrons can pick up their books at the front door (the ones facing City Hall),  they can enter to use Wi-Fi and PCs at the front door.
  • The book drop is closed; patrons may drop off books at the front door during regular business hours

Animal Shelter

  • Search lost pets:
  • Lost pets who arrived during Hurricane Sally will be held for an extended five days on top of the required three day stray hold period.
  • All redemption fees will be waived through Sept. 26.
  • Lost pets who go home will receive a microchip, spay/neuter certificate at no cost and pet food if needed.
  • Need of assistance to help care for pets? Call 850-983-4680.
  • To support our lifesaving work we need fosters, adopters, and donations of blankets, towels, cat and kitten food (dry and wet), kitten milk, cat litter.
  • Foster an animal. Apply to foster online or call us at 850-983-4680
  • Adoption fees are $10 through Sept. 26. Search adoptable pets or visit the shelter
  • Schedule an appointment Hours are Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City of Milton

  • The City is currently out completing Residential and Commercial damage assessments. Please be patient as we work our way through the city. Anyone had any substantial damage to let us know at 983-5440. Business Damage Assessment Surveys have been activated by the SBDC. All Businesses are encouraged to compete this assessment at Staff our out now walking door to door to assist businesses in need.
  • Place any storm debris on the Right-Of-Way for collection.  An emergency debris hauler, under contract to the City, will be working in the community on Monday, September 21.  When placing debris on the Right-Of-Way, please stay clear of overhead powerlines, power poles, guide wires, mailboxes, driveways, parked vehicles, and other structures. Do not place yard debris in black plastic bags.  The debris hauler will be utilizing automated equipment for collection. Construction and non-vegetative debris pickup have not received an approval date. We will notify you when and if we can pick up. For now, DO NOT MIX yard debris.
  • Recycling is not being collected at this time.
  • City Crews have restored all municipal services, with minor exceptions.  If you experience any issues with natural gas, water, or sewer, please call (850) 983-5400.  If no answer, please leave a message. 
  • Suspension of Cut-Offs for non-payment of City Utilities has been extended until September 30. 
  • The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting schedule for Thursday, September 17 has been rescheduled to immediately follow the Second Budget Hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.
  • For up to date information, visit or

City of Gulf Breeze

  • The City is no longer operating under a mandatory curfew; power has restored throughout the city.
  • The City will de-activate the Gulf Breeze Emergency Operations Center today, September 21st at 5 PM. Regular operating hours will resume tomorrow, Tuesday at 7:30 AM and the customer service line will be fully operational (850-934-5100).\
  • The only street within the City of Gulf Breeze with remaining standing water is the north end of Gilmore Drive. Crews will resume pumping operation in the morning. Residents may report sinkholes or large potholes to 850-934-5108.
  • The citywide precautionary boil water notice has been lifted. The majority of water and sewer issues within the city and SSRUS have been resolved. Residents who experience low water pressure, no water or sewer related issues should call 850-934-5100.
  • The City of Gulf Breeze is suspending city issued fence permits for the next 90 days for fence repairs and replacements only. This does not preclude homeowner’s responsibility to ensure compliance with city code requirements.
  • Pier permits will be approved at city staff level with no board approval necessary. This does not preclude homeowner’s responsibility to ensure compliance with other agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of Environmental Protection).
  • Garbage customers inside the city should put out cans before 7 AM. Routine trash schedules have resumed. The Transfer Station remains closed.
  • The Gulf Breeze Community Center will reopen to pre-storm hours at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 21.See,,, or Nextdoor for updates.

Escambia County Information

First Judicial Circuit Court

  • Santa Rosa County courts will be closed Tues. and Wed., Sept. 22 and 23.
    The Law Library meeting scheduled for September 23rd is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Pensacola State College

  • All classes and class activities at Pensacola State College have been suspended until Monday, Sept. 28. 
  • Employees are asked not to come on any PSC campus unless they have been notified to do so by their supervisors.
  • Academic leadership is working on plans that will allow all faculty and students to resume classes no later than Monday, Sept. 28. 
  • Further updates will be sent as we know more or if recovery occurs sooner than expected. For updates, visit 

Navarre Chamber

  • The Navarre Chamber Information Center (1804 Prado Street) is open 8 am - 5 pm (Monday-Friday) for meetings and/or work space. To schedule space, please email

Ascension Medical Group

  • Ascension Medical Group’s COVID-19 drive-thru center in Santa Rosa County is open. Call 850-746-2684 in advance for pre-screenings and more information.
  • The Ascension Sacred Heart offices in the Pace Medical Park have only partial power today (Mon.), so Ascension Medical Group’s primary care offices moved to Pace Pediatrics’ office. Dr. Osterrieder, Ob/Gyn, moved his office to the Pensacola location of Ascension Sacred Heart ’s main campus  on 9th Avenue. 
  • The Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart walk-in clinic in the Walgreens at Navarre is closed until mid-week due to problems with the sewer system. 

Mosquito Abatement

  • Warm, sunny days after torrential rains create the perfect mosquito breeding habitat. Mosquitoes need very little standing water to lay eggs that can hatch in as little as one day. Drain after the rain to fight the bite!

General Preparedness Information

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