City of North Port Irma Update
— North Port, Florida (@CityofNorthPort) September 12, 2017
– As a precaution, the City of North Port is issuing a voluntary evacuation notice for residents in the North Port Estates and any areas adjacent to the Myakkahatchee Creek. Map of flooding as of Friday morning, Sept. 15.
Hurricane Irma dropped eight inches of rain in North Port and more over surrounding areas in a single day. This is causing the Myakkahatchee Creek and connected waterways to fill, causing water to flow into streets to a depth making roads impassable by cars. The Myakkahatchee Creek, Myakka River and other tributaries continue to rise and may do so for the next few days.
Many residents are familiar with the flooding which can occur and have high vehicles that can drive in and out of neighborhoods during this time. However, if you are concerned about water entering your home or being isolated and unable to get in and out, residents may seek temporary shelter at the George Mullen Activity Center, 4956 City Center Blvd. If you are at home and need assistance with the evacuation, Fire Rescue has high-clearance vehicles to assist moving you and your family to safety and then to the shelter if necessary. Bring all items necessary for your comfort. We are preparing for meals however, please bring some supplies for yourself. If you have special diet needs or want snacks, bring your own. Domestic cats and dogs are permitted providing they are in crates and you bring sufficient food, leash/collar and medication. Animals must have current vaccinations.
We strongly recommend your consideration of this evacuation as the rising waters may eventually eliminate access to your home. If you have general questions, please contact the City of North Port Call Center at 429-7000. If you do decide to remain at your home and have an emergency or need to be evacuated, please call 9-1-1.
– The City of North Port has also opened a cooling station. The George Mullen Community Center, 1602 Kramer Way, has opened a cooling and comfort station for residents still without power. Free water, wifi and air conditioning are all being offered. Open through the weekend. Stop by to cool off.
-Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials. Individuals can register online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
-Solid Waste will begin picking up garbage again on Wednesday, September 13. If your normal collection day is Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, please have your garbage tote out at the curb by 7am on Wednesday morning. Crews will start collecting Monday’s route and work through Saturday. Residents who normally receive garbage collection on Thursday/Friday can set out their garbage container on their normal schedule. Please leave it out until it is emptied, which may be as late as Saturday.
Recycling will NOT be collected this week. It will pick back up next week on September 18, with the blue lid (commingle) tote. Paper/cardboard will be picked up the week of September 25. If you have extra paper/cardboard, please place in a box next to the tan recycling tote.
Solid Waste will start collecting storm debris beginning Friday, Sept. 15. Storm debris must be placed at the curb in separate piles of vegetation, construction debris and metal. The vegetation does NOT need to be tied or bundled. Debris collection may not occur on your normal collection day. Leave it out at the curb until it is collected. As long as it is properly separated, it will not count as a bulk pickup. If your area is flooded, please do not set out debris until the water has rescinded.
- Vegetative storm debris – palm fronds, tree limbs and trunks.
- Construction materials – drywall, roof shingles, aluminum.
-Sarasota County schools have announced that there will be no classes until Monday.
– Parks & Recreation Division has opened the Morgan Family Community Center and started offering programs again. See full news story at https://goo.gl/GkqQ17.
– Warm Mineral Springs is closed until further notice. The facility currently does not have power and the water level is high. Check back for details.
– Atwater Community Park’s Splash Pad is operational and running. The park is now open regular hours.
Be sure to sign up for our reverse 911 call system. We can send alerts to you directly depending on where you live. https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/A88A94CB6BF8
-More about North Port’s Emergency Management http://www.cityofnorthport.com/government/city-services/fire-rescue/emergency-management
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