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Restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

first_img Reply Mama Mia TAGSHurricane IrmaOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleLessons learned from the Storm of the CenturyNext articleFEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program enhances flood claims process Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR September 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia 20 COMMENTS From Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Late Sunday night, September 10th, 2017, Orange County was hit by the powerful Hurricane Irma. Although the previously Category 5 hurricane had decreased to a Category 2 by the time it had arrived in Orange County, the County discovered that “…based on preliminary assessments, the damage from this storm appears to be far greater than what Orange County experienced from [Hurricane] Charley in 2004.” In the aftermath of the storm, several damage assessment teams from different departments of Orange County Government are currently assessing infrastructure and property damage. As assessments are made, with a focus on public safety, the teams will move forward with the restoration process.Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) is currently conducting road to road assessments for infrastructure and property damage. This process, referred to as the post rapid windshield assessment, determines where the greatest concentration of impact is. Based on its assessment following Hurricane Irma, Fire Rescue found that Zellwood in North Orange County had the highest levels of fallen trees requiring road clearing. Throughout Orange County, Fire Rescue has found many fallen trees and power lines, blocked roads, broken traffic lights, flooding, and no major infrastructure issues. In between responding to 911 calls, if Fire Rescue sees or is notified of debris on major roads, they will stay at the scene to offer their assistance until the Public Works Department arrives. In addition, Orange County’s CART / SAT initiative began on Monday, September 11th. Under the CART / SAT initiative, Fire Rescue and Orange County employees meet at designated distribution sites in different parts of the community to assist residents with the restoration process. How these sites are decided depends on where in the community the greatest damage was assessed. The distribution sites have deployed restoration equipment needed to aid residents with repairing damage done to their property. Orange County has two designated distribution sites: John Bridges Center, 445 W 13th Street, Apopka, Florida 32703 and the Taft Community Center in the Conway area. Overall, this initiative helps expedite the restoration process and return the community to normal. If residents have questions or would like more information, they can contact Fire Rescue at (407) 836-9000.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonOrange County is experiencing widespread power outages throughout the community. In addition, the storm has placed a considerable strain on the County’s pump stations. To assist with the restoration process, Orange County requests that residents minimize the use of their water, such as use in bathing, flushing toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers; if residents have conserved water in a bathtub, they are asked to refrain from draining that water. Where there are more than 300,000 residents without power, utilities asks for patience as they work to restore power in the community and to only call once when reporting an outage with a power company. To report a power outage, residents are directed to contact the Orlando Utilities Commission at (407) 423-9018 or Duke Energy at (800) 228-8485. Additionally, utilities stresses that residents report and avoid contact with fallen power lines as the power lines could still be live and pose a safety hazard if contact is made. Furthermore, all regional water treatment facilities and the County’s drinking water system are operational and safe with no boil water advisories. Utilities is working on impacts of one water main break and multiple individual service line breaks that may be affecting customers in isolated areas.This week, Orange County opened ten sites for residents to drop off storm debris: Barnett Park, 4801 W Colonial Dr.; Conway Water Treatment Plant, 4750 Manatee St.; Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave.; Fort Christmas Park, 1543 N Christmas Rd.; Harrell Road, 8503 Trevarthon Rd.; Meadowoods Park, 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir; NW Water Treatment Plan, 701 W McCormick Rd.; Across from Eastern Regional Park, 9200 Curry Ford Rd.; West Beach Park Addition, 9303 Winter Garden Vineland Rd.; and West Orange Soccer Park, 150 Windemere Rd. Residents are permitted to only bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) storm debris to one of these locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will need to provide proof of Orange County address in order to gain access. Curbside debris pick up assistance for vegetative debris began on Thursday; residents are asked to separate vegetative debris from construction materials, household hazardous waste or large electrical goods when placed on the curb for pickup. Residents can refer to ocfl.net or call 311 for more information, and if they live in one of our cities, they should check with their city on their procedures for pickup plans and locations.Orange County monitors and maintains almost 600 traffic signals. While more than 50% of traffic signals are out, the County asks residents to continue to follow the four-way stop procedure at traffic intersections. If residents have questions or need to report problems, they should contact the Orange County Traffic Management Center at (407) 836-7890 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Complaint Line at (407) 836-4357 after 6:30 p.m. In addition, based on 311 calls and inspections, the County believes that all roads are passable; residents are directed to report any discoveries of tree limbs or roadways that are not passable to 311.There is extensive flooding in the Orlo-Vista community, where Orange County Fire Rescue and National Guardsmen helped to rescue more than 135 evacuees and their pets. OCFR is currently encouraging residents who have chosen to stay behind to seek safety. Orange County continues to monitor developments related to the sinkhole in the Apopka Vineland and Colonial area.In terms of building safety, the County is prepared to waive permitting fees applicable to individuals and businesses that need contractual repairs.It is one of Orange County’s main goals to educate residents on how to recognize fraud and avoid becoming a victim to such a crime. When considering to hire a contractor, residents should do the following: Ask if the potential contractor has a valid license and insist that they have one; avoid door-to-door solicitors; ask for references, bonding, and insurance; make sure the contract can be broken if you don’t receive financing; and always hire a contractor with a real office, not just a post office box address. For more information on the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office and how to avoid becoming a victim to fraud, residents can call (407) 836-2490, 311, or email [email protected] September 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm Publix at Hunt Club is offering a $ 10.00 gift card for getting your flu shot there. I got mine today and billed it to my insurance and got my free $ 10.00 gift card. You might as well, if you are going to get your flu shot anyway. The card is good for anything at any Publix except lottery tickets, and cannot be redeemed for cash, of course, and if lost or stolen, they will not make it good, but that is understandable. The offer is good until Sept. 30, 2017 if you want to get the free gift card. Reply Look at the tropics! Look at what is brewing! 3 swirls a swirling! I could make up a new song to sing with a hurricane theme and sing it to the Christmas song, 5 Golden Rings, or maybe it is called the 12 Days of Christmas, or whatever that song title is….LOL Reply I couldn’t believe how the flood insurance works, when I heard it explained on tv…..that it doesn’t pay if water rises up and seeps in under the doors or through the walls, that it has to be like a window broken out from the wind, and causes flooding or a roof blows open or off and floods…..good grief, I didn’t have a clue that is how it works and pays off. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm September 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm Mama Mia The good news is that the power crews came and got the live wire that was lying in the Apopka High School parking lot fixed. It took about 8 men, and four power trucks, and about three hours. The bad news was that we were out of power for that 3 hours. Our power is back on now. Our neighbor was cooking a meal when the power was shut off, to fix the line, and to get it back up, and power restored. So she had a half cooked meal when the power was cut off, before she had to go to work. No such luck for our uprooted palm tree lying on the power line……if it falls, there will be another live wire down! Reply Those Cocoa Beach lawmakers that set that parking price for the day, need the “Sons of The Beaches” to get in their faces, and give them an attitude adjustment. That is robbery to charge that much to park at the beach! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate September 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm September 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm Mama Mia Reply Reply Mama Mia One time Apopka City Commissioner Kathy Till, when she was in office, drove around and personally brought soda drinks and food items for the construction crew members of the city, working out on the streets, cleaning up the storm damage. That was very thoughtful and nice of her to think of the city employees hard at work. Another time, Mayor Land sent someone for food and drinks for the crew out working the street, during the night, on a major water line break at Central Av. that lasted into the mid- day the next day. He was thinking of everybody. The power crew trucks that came and repaired the live wire that was down in the Apopka High parking lot did not say Duke Energy on the sides of the trucks. They all had Irby, or maybe it was Irbie on the sides of the trucks. Don’t know who they are??? Oh, I see now that Bill Nelson and the mayor were at Taylor Apartments in Apopka. The apartments don’t look like they used to when I would drive by taking my husband back and forth to work sometimes, that is why I didn’t recognize that building. Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia What’s with the piles of vegetative debris down on the city owned lot at Sandpiper St. and Park Avenue? Is that a drop off for the public to drop off their vegetative debris, like the county has set up for people to bring their tree branches and natural vegetative debris only minus trash bags??? Anybody know??? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear September 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm Okay there is a lot of tv programs we don’t get, but at least we are getting tv. When we had Brighthouse it was a constant interruption of service, then we would have to go through calling the customer service number and re-programming and having them to remotely re-set everything in order to watch again. Wasn’t worth it at, and it did it all the time constantly, was too aggravating, so we kicked them to the curb, and got a HD antenna. Worth every penny! Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply September 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply Reply Reply center_img I’m watching Hell’s Kitchen. If I had to race around and hustle like those competitors on the show cooking while they yell and scream at each other, and with the nasty a$$ chef yelling and cursing too, I would have already thrown a frying pan upside someone’s head, and cussed them out too. And If that chef belittled my dishes and spit it out in the trash can cussing, I would give him a super dooper dose of hot peppers on the next dish I cooked, and give him something to really spit out and cuss about, and he would have to go sit his hiney in a cold bucket of ice water……LOL…..wheeeeee….!!!!! Reply I want to go to Tavares to see the seaplane marina damaged areas. September 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm I really want to go to the beach and see how the hurricane affected the beaches. I would like to go to Cocoa before they impose those extremely high parking costs…..$25.00 for the day. That is too much! September 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply Reply September 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I think it is fun that everyone is reporting on where the power truck crews are and finking on them! Good. We will find them out, if they are just milking the overtime money, and not getting theirselves out to fix our problems. I think Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County is doing a great job. I never thought I would say this, but I am sorry that her term will be up. She has been doing a great job lately. I’m not understanding why some people are not receiving their Century Link internet service. I have been getting mine the entire time, with no problems, for those who do have power. I see where Apopka Critic stated that he was not getting his Century Link internet? One of my neighbors has a problem with his Century Link internet service and he has power. I don’t get it, but then I don’t understand all of the towers or connections, and how they work. Mine works through the phone lines, I believe. My other neighbor is not getting her cable tv, nothing, and we are getting our tv right on as usual, because we dumped cable and opted for FREE tv. Free, free, free at last, thank God Almighty it is free at last…LOL Lake Apopka Wildlife North Shore Loop looks rough right now judging by the photos. Flooded, with a lot of erosion. Definitely not safe to drive out there as the road could cave in. Good thing it is closed. Reply September 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm Mama Mia Reply September 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm September 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm They were reporting some small hail in with the rain yesterday in some sections. That’s weird. You know you live in Flori-duh if you got hail damage and bullet holes on your vehicle….LOL Are we having fun yet?? Please enter your comment! September 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm Please enter your name here Back when there were so many hurricanes years ago, and I used to ride to Port Canaveral on the bus, and go out on the gambling boat, The Sun Cruz, over there at the port, they had piles and piles of tree debris and piled way up in the air in mountains of debris, that was going to be loaded onto ships, and sent to Japan. They were wanting the debris to use for something, but I don’t know what for. It had a funny smell as the boat started leaving the channel, going out into the ocean, and as I was sitting on the deck, viewing the endless huge piles of vegetative debris. So many endless piles that had been brought there, and dumped, from all over Brevard County and surrounding areas from the hurricane damaged properties. September 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm I see Senator Bill Nelson is in Apopka speaking with the mayor about us poor Floridians and livin’ paycheck to paycheck, he’s got that right, and that we all need help since the storm. Where were they, I didn’t recognize that building with the terra cotta roof tiles? Got to be 18 or older, and not allergic to eggs or contact lens solution….in order to get the seasonal flu shot, and you must never of had a bad reaction to any other vaccine also. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm September 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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