North Port: Latest conditions on flooded streets and other #Irma related issues
Wednesday September 13th via the City of North Port
– 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 area as of 11am Wednesday.
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.
-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.
-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 on Monday, September 18th. 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. The attached graphic is an example of what it should look like:
- Vegetative storm debris – palm fronds, tree limbs and trunks.
- Construction materials – drywall, roof shingles, aluminum.
Crews have been out evaluating damage and issues. Many lights are out. Street signs are twisted. Some standing water on roadways. Newer trees down along Sumter Blvd. Still plenty of reports of power outages. No word yet on when those in shelters will be released.
Please remember that if lights are out at intersection, to treat it as a four way stop.
-The City of North Port has activated its own call center for residents. 429-7000. Please understand that many of the concerns and questions related to shelters, flood zones, and evacuations are geared towards Sarasota County. We will do our best to relay the information. If you have an emergency please call 911. You can look for your evacuation zone at https://ags2.scgov.net/KnowYourZone/ Shelter locations: https://www.scgov.net/government/emergency-services/irma-stay-informed/shelter-locations. Please understand there is a large volume of folks trying to use the site. We know it’s hard but be patient.
-Sarasota County schools have announced that there will be no classes until Monday.
-We still don’t know what Hurricane Irma is going to do but it’s at the very least a good reminder to get prepared. 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
-National Hurricane Center track http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
-Sarasota County is in charge of opening shelters in our area. You can find the latest on locations and openings on their website https://www.scgov.net/government/departments/emergency-services. We will of course bring you the latest as it happens as well.
-More about North Ports Emergency Management http://www.cityofnorthport.com/government/city-services/fire-rescue/emergency-management
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