Seminole County Press Release 9/11

Posted on: 9/11/2017 11:35:55 AM

Seminole County, Fla. – Seminole County Office of Emergency Management remains activated at level one status. A press conference has been scheduled for 2pm today, 9/11, at the Public Safety building. Residents can watch live on Seminole County’s Facebook page, as well as Spectrum Channel 498 and www.seminolecountyfl.gov/sgtv.

Curfew:

The curfew for Seminole County was rescinded at 11 am today, 9/11. However, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant while on the roads. County and utility crews are currently assessing damage and clearing roadways for emergency response vehicles; if residents do not have to drive, it is preferred they remain inside.

Road Closures & Roadway Safety:

The County has received more than 300 reports of downed power lines, trees and flooded roadways. Additionally, many of the County’s traffic lights are out. Drivers are reminded to treat these intersections like a four-way stop.  

Damage Assessment:

In addition to more than 300 reports of downed power lines, trees, and flooded roadways, The Black Hammock area is currently inaccessible. A portion of Airport Boulevard between 17-92 and Sanford Avenue is shut down due to down trees.

Residents may report damages to: damage@seminolecountyfl.gov. Please include name, address, contact information, and pictures of the damage. If the damage is serious but not life-threatening, please call the citizens information line at 407-665-0000.

Power Outages:

Currently, 75% of Seminole County residents and businesses are without power. Those without power should contact their power provider (Duke or FP&L in Seminole County) if they have not already done so. Do not assume that a utility knows a home or business is without power simply because others nearby are out.  Shelters will remain open tonight for those that may have significant damage to their homes or are without power.

To report an outage with Duke Energy:

  • Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply)
  • Call 1-800-228-8485

To report an outage with Florida Power & Light:

  • Call 1-800-468-8243

Debris Removal Tips:

  • Keep storm debris separate from other waste (i.e. normal household garbage);
  • Separate vegetative storm debris from construction related debris;
  • All debris must be placed at the curb on public right of way (generally this is the road side of the sidewalk);
  • Do not pile debris directly next to fire hydrants, in front of nearby driveways, by power lines or other above-ground utilities;

Seminole County will keep residents appraised of any adjustments to the transfer station and trash pick-up schedules.

Lift Stations:

One hundred and seventy-one (171) lift stations in the county are without power (out of 325 total). Crews are currently assessing damages and are working to restore lift stations as quickly as possible.

Animal Safety Tips:

  • Keep pets on a leash when walking outdoors, fences may be down and other animals may be displaced;
  • Do not allow animals to drink from puddles or standing water, as there may be toxins in the water;
  • Since the power is out, keep an eye on pets to ensure they don’t overhead; provide plenty of fresh water.

Shelter Updates:

CRYSTAL LAKE ELEMENTARY: General Population

LAWTON CHILES MIDDLE SCHOOL: General Population

MIDWAY ELEMENTARY: General Population

WINTER SPRINGS HIGH: General Population

BENTLEY ELEMENTARY: Special Needs/Pet Friendly (near capacity)

HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY: Special Needs

LAKE MARY HIGH: General Population

LAYER ELEMENTARY: Special Needs

LYMAN HIGH: General Population/Pet Friendly (near capacity)

For additional information, residents may visit www.prepareseminole.org, or call the Citizens Information Line at 407-665-0000.

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Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958
 
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