Zeta Update #4 - No call for evacuations;
Shelter open at Milton Community Center
Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m. - Santa Rosa County is under a tornado watch, tropical storm warning and surge warning. The National Weather Service of Mobile is forecasting Zeta to impact Santa Rosa County beginning Wed. around 7 p.m. through Thurs. at approximately 1 a.m. with possible sustained tropical storm force winds, storm surge of two to four feet, one-half to two inches of rain, and a few possible tornadoes. Conditions are projected to improve rapidly early Thursday morning.
- There are currently no evacuation orders, however the county has opened a shelter at Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., for those who do not feel safe in their homes. The shelter will be a general population/special needs/pet friendly facility and will close at 7 a.m. Thurs. Bring your own bedding - cots will not be available.
- Bridges only close when law enforcement record sustained winds (not gusts) of 39 mph or higher. Bridges do not close in advance, they do not all close at the same time and some may not close at all. If the Navarre Beach Causeway is closed, residents may still evacuate the island. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roadways between 7 p.m. Wed. and 1 a.m. Thurs.
- All county offices will be open for regular hours Wed. and Thurs.
- Santa Rosa County Schools are open Wed. and Thurs. All Wednesday evening extracurricular activities will be canceled or rescheduled.
- The First Judicial Circuit courts in Santa Rosa County will close at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and are expected to open by 10 a.m. Thurs.
- The county contracted debris hauler is operating sunup to sundown and pickup should not be impacted either today (Wed.) or tomorrow (Thurs.).
- The COVID testing locations at Milton Community Center are open as usual on Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The COVID testing location at St. Sylvester's Catholic Church will be open Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., then the south end testing site will relocate to Tiger Point Community Center beginning Thurs., Nov. 5 through the end of the year.
- FEMA's Mobile Registration Intake Centers are closed today, Wed., Oct. 28 and tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 29 with plans to reopen Fri., Oct. 30.
- The county's emergency operations center is activated at Level II for Zeta.
- Citizens information center lines are open, 850-983-INFO (4636).
City of Milton
- Sanitation services will continue as scheduled, with the exception of commercial recycling, which will not be collected today (Wed., Oct. 28). Commercial recycling will resume Wed., Nov. 4.
- 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 remain open for normal hours of operation, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Crews from Clay Electric Cooperative are staged and ready to assist linemen as soon as storm conditions subside should Zeta cause damage to the EREC power system.
- Should Hurricane Zeta cause damage to the EREC service area, members can view the outage map for up to date information at www.erec.com.
- Additional crews will be on standby to respond if needed.
- Gulf Power is ready to respond to power outages due to early effects of Hurricane Zeta and will continue to restore power as long as it is safe to do so.
- Additional workers from sister company Florida Power & Light and other electric companies are pre-staged to respond.
- Customers are urged to take safety precautions before the storm and after the storm, stay away from downed power lines.
- Download the Gulf Power app free from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
Pensacola State College
- All ECUA sanitation collections scheduled for today, Wed., Oct. 28, for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties will be conducted as planned. C
- ollections may be suspended in the afternoon depending on the arrival time of winds. If all routes are not completed today, they will be completed on Thursday as soon as it is safe for collection vehicles to be back out on the road.
- Customers are encouraged to secure their cans in an enclosed structure (i.e. garage) or to an outside fixed structure after today's collection is completed.
- Any unexpected changes to this status will be posted on the ECUA website, Facebook page, and communicated to local media.
- All Pensacola State College offices, on-campus activities and face-to-face classes will be suspended at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to Hurricane Zeta.
- All online classes will proceed as scheduled. In the event that online classes are interrupted by a power outage or students are unable to attend due to some unforeseen event, students should contact their instructors to make up any missed assignments.
- All college activities will resume at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
Although rain from Zeta is expected to be minimal, sand is still available in several locations; bring sandbags, shovel and manpower. Bags are available (generally 50 cents each) at Hall’s Hardware in Milton, Ace in Pace and Navarre and Lowe’s in Pea Ridge/Pace and Gulf Breeze. Locations are as follows:
- The corner of Citrus and Leisure streets in Navarre
- Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Ln. in Midway/Gulf Breeze
- Pace Fire Rescue, 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. in Pace
- The corner of Carroll and Pine Forest in Milton
- Allentown Volunteer Fire Department, 9482 Hwy. 89 in Allentown
- Chumuckla Park - 2355 Highway 182
- East Milton Park, 8605 Bobby Brown Road in East Milton
- Hurricane Sally left an estimated 1,050,000 cubic yards of debris to collect. With 5,000 roads in the county, pickup is expected to take 90 days. Check the status of debris collection at https://bit.ly/3msUPaj.
- Residents may take vegetative debris to the Central Landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Rd. in Milton, at no cost Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. The landfill is open for business as usual during regular hours.
- Crews continue to collect debris throughout the county sunup to sundown, seven days a week barring any inclement weather.
- It is expected to take a total of five weeks to finish the first pass and there will be multiple passes. Residents will be notified before the second and then final pass so sign up for news updates at www.santarosa.fl.gov.
- Notify the county of any debris blocking drainage infrastructure or roads through the citizen work request form at www.santarosa.fl.gov.
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