Hurricane Sally update #10
Santa Rosa County under curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until lifted
Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. - Updates are highlighted
- Santa Rosa County is under a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until lifted.
- Access to the beach will be closed to all except for residents, verified guests and workers - much the same as earlier this year at the onset of COVID.
- Since 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 16, responders have made 51 rescues (four in progress now), taken 484 9-1-1 calls and 510 calls in the citizen information center.
- Public works crews have begun clearing roads and will continue.
- No lifeguards are on duty due to dangerous surf conditions con. Navarre Beach live web cam - www.navarrebeachlife.com/live-hd-1080-zoom-cam.
- Residents on Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek and Pond Creek need to make preparations and plans (that include pets) to move to higher ground quickly if needed - you can always replace your "stuff."
- The Citizens Information Line is open, call 850-983-INFO (4636) for questions.
- Report damage via our Citizen Damage Report (https://bit.ly/2Rnogx8).
- The new Pace Patriot / Tiberon pond that is under construction still lacks critical infrastructure elements and will not function as designed. It has exceeded its capacity. There is concern that the pond may breach the berm which will cause a serious and dangerous situation. Please stay aware if driving in the vicinity. We will continue to monitor the pond until the stormwater recedes to the maximum designed elevation
- Those interested in donating should visit SAFER Santa Rosa (www.facebook.com/safersantarosa) or mail a check to SAFER, 4499 PIne Forest Road, Milton, FL 32583. There is no call for in-kind donations.
Road Closures Bridges
- Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton (map), remains open as a pet-friendly shelter.
- I-10 over Escambia Bay, Three Mile Bridge, Garcon Point Bridge and the Navarre Causeway remain closed at this time.
- Bridges will reopen as any necessary inspections are made.
- River flooding is still expected. River bridges that typically flood include:
Deaton Bridge/Deaton Bridge Road
Wagner Bridge/East Fork Coldwater Creek/Spring Hill Road
Red Rock Bridge/Juniper Creek/Red Rock Road
Juniper Creek Bridge/Indian Ford Road
West Fork Big Coldwater Creek Bridge/Walling Road
Turkey Creek Bridge/Amos Cabaniss Road
- For state and federal road closures (I-10, 87, 89, 90, 98, Avalon Blvd.), see www.FL511.com.
- If you do not have to be on the road, stay off the road, especially at night when it is more difficult to see water over the road. Turn around, don't drown.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows. Always have a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector when using a generator.
- After the storm has passed and you are cleaning up, take care to separate your debris to help with removal.
- normal household trash
- vegetative debris
- construction/demolition debris
- appliances/white goods
- household hazardous debris
County COVID Testing
- All county offices including the libraries, supervisor of elections, clerk of court, tax collector and property appraiser will remain closed Thurs., Sept. 17.
- Emergency Management remains activated at a Level II for Hurricane Sally.
General Preparedness Information
- COVID testing is planned to be resumed Fri., Sept. 18 at Milton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- There has been a water main break somewhere inside the City of Gulf Breeze. Residents inside the city limits should take immediate action to conserve water.
- Pace Water is asking all customers to conserve water as much as possible. Several of their pumps are running on generators so please don't overload them. There is NO boil water advisory.
Central Landfill/Waste Haulers
- Central Landfill will open at 7 a.m., Thurs., Sept. 17.
- ECUA will service as many customers as roads will allow tomorrow, Thurs., Sept. 17. ECUA will only be collecting regular trash, not recycling or yard waste. If a road is blocked with debris, they will make a note and check back at a later time.
- Waste Pro will not collect in the south end tomorrow due to flooded roads and the closure of the Garcon Point Bridge. Collections will resume Fri., Sept. 18.
Santa Rosa County School District
- Per the Santa Rosa County School District, all Santa Rosa County public schools will remain closed the remainder of the week.
City of Milton
- We are still in an active emergency situation – PLEASE STAY HOME, UNLESS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY. Sightseeing will only impede first responders and those working to restore services to our community.
- All City personnel will report at their regular time and regular workstation as assigned on Thursday, September 17.
- The Milton Community Center is open as an emergency evacuation shelter. Space is available. Pets are allowed. Please bring food, water, prescription medications and other essential items only. The American Red Cross is operating the shelter.
- Substantial flooding is expected along the Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek and Pond Creek for the next 24-48 hours. Residents in these areas need to move to higher ground and stay safely sheltered until the water recedes.
- When safe, place any tree limbs or other vegetation on the Right-Of-Way for collection.
- Crews are currently working to restore all services and clear all roadways.
- Report gas, water, or sewer outages or any street blockages due to trees or other debris to
(850) 983-5400 beginning Thursday, September 17th at 7:30 a.m. If no answer, please leave a message.
- Treat inoperative or flashing stop lights as 4-Way Stops.
- DO NOT TOUCH or approach downed powerlines.
- TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN – Do not drive through water covering any roadway.
- The City has placed Cover Weights over manholes in areas subject to flooding. These 250 lb. weights prevent the manhole coverings from lifting off due to rising waters. These weights can substantially damage a vehicle and should be avoided.
- City Hall will reopen Thursday, September 17, 2020.
- Sanitation services will be reinitiated as soon as possible. A schedule will be published when available.
- The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. is currently still scheduled to take place.
- All City Parks remain closed.
- The Milton Community Center is closed for regularly scheduled activities.
City of Gulf Breeze
- The following bridges are closed due to storm-related damage: Interstate-10 Bridge, Bob Sikes Bridge, Garcon Point Bridge, and the Pensacola Bay Bridge.
- All Gulf Breeze motorists traveling residential roads: Avoid all city streets with standing water. Moving water threatens homes!
- Residents are encouraged to report hurricane damage and flooding, utility issues, trees in the road and similar at: https://cityofgulfbreeze.us/contactus.
- The City’s debris removal contractor will start Thursday, September 17th. To assist with quick storm clean up, residents are asked to move storm debris to edge of yards for truck pick up. Residents should pile debris and trash into three piles: (1) Vegetative/yard debris pile, (2) Construction & demolition debris (C&D), and (3) “White goods” such as refrigerators, washing machines, electrical goods, typically white in color.
- There is a curfew effective Wednesday, September 16th from 9 PM to 7 AM except for business commuters and emergency purposes.
- Residents with storm-related questions should call 850-934-5100. City Hall remains open and the EOC will continue to take calls.
- Shoreline Park South remains closed to walkers, motorists and boaters. This includes boat ramps, parks facilities and parking areas.
- Garbage service is suspended until powerlines are secured and streets clear of debris. A catch up schedule will be posted.
- The transfer station is closed Wednesday.
- City utility staff are diligently working to address all outstanding water and sewer inquiries.
- Residents within the city are still encouraged to conserve drinking water as crews are still working to identify all water main breaks. Residents should continue to report low or no water pressure to 850-934-5100. At this time, there are no precautionary water boil notices in place and the water is safe to drink inside and outside the city. Both water plants have maintained adequate pressures, PH levels and disinfection levels throughout Hurricane Sally.
- Soundview Trail (entire street) & Navy Cove (entire street) remain isolated from the drinking water system due to water main breaks. Crews are continually evaluating the situation and will make repairs as soon as possible.
- Midway, SSRUS and the City sewer customers are advised that sewer backups are still possible as we are still working on getting power reinstated to lift stations. Lift stations are still inundated under tidal surge waters, and repairs cannot be made until waters recede. Residents should be advised to reduce water usage down drains, flushing toilets, etc. Residents can prevent sewer backing up into their homes by sandbagging toilet bowls and shower drains using a large trash bag underneath the sandbags.
- Affected areas include:
West Madura Road
Tiger Point Blvd
Pensacola Beach Rd
Live Oak Village Shopping Center
Town of Jay
- All roads have been cleared in Jay.
- Vehicles need to proceed with caution on Florida Avenue die to standing water.
- Water, sewer and gas are operating normal.
Department of Health
- Both locations of the county health department will remain closed Thurs., Sept. 17.
First Judicial Circuit Court
- State courts in Santa Rosa County will be closed on Thurs., Sept. 17. If closure is required on Friday, that announcement will be made as soon as possible.
- Gulf Power Outage Map - 42,210 customers are without power
- EREC - As conditions begin to improve from Hurricane Sally, line crews are able to do damage assessment on the power system and begin restoration. As of now, 10,916 members are without power. Line crews are arriving from Florida and Mississippi to assist our linemen with power restoration. Crews will work around the clock to get everyone’s electricity back on as quickly and safely as possible.
- Escambia River Electric Cooperative's electric meters are designed to automatically detect and report power outages, but members are asked to report all outages in case the meter signal is obstructed. Here are three options for outage reporting:
- Call the outage number: 1-877-OUT-EREC or 1-877-688-3732.
- Login to your account via erec.com and click the Outage Tab.
- Download EREC’s mobile app through Apple and Android app stores. Login to your account, press the right arrow, choose Report an Outage.
Pensacola State College
- All Pensacola State College locations, offices, classes and activities are canceled and the college will remain closed through Wed., Sept. 16.
PSC plans to reopen Thursday, but will monitor the weather and any storm related issues and send additional alerts if plans change.
Council on Aging
- All Meals on Wheels and to-go prepackaged meals from churches and community centers will resume as normal next week.
- Anyone in an emergency situation should call (850) 432-1475.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
- Opal Beach is closed until further notice.
- Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way is closed until further notice.
- Park staff will assess conditions once the weather passes and throughout the next few days and announce updates as appropriate.
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