St Lucie County Post Hurricane Dorian Update Sept 4 2019

St Lucie County Post Hurricane Dorian Update Sept 4 2019

 

  1. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County Public Safety officials want to thank all of its residents and business for their cooperation and patience during Hurricane Dorian.

Evacuations

All evacuations for St. Lucie County have been lifted. Heavy surf and rip currents will be in effect for several days.

Meeting Reschedules/Openings

All St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners offices, including special facilities such as the St. Lucie County Aquarium, Regional History Center and Oxbow Eco-Center, as well as the Clerk of the Court, Courthouse, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector, will return to normal operations on Thursday, Sept. 5

All St. Lucie County Branch Libraries will open on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Overdue fines did not accrue during the closure, and will not accrue through Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Fairwinds Golf Course will re-open on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 a.m. for regular business.  Reservations can be made through www.Fairwindsgolf.com.   The Rusty Putter at Fairwinds will open for full breakfast and lunch service on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 a.m.

The St. Lucie County Board of County Commission will hold its preliminary budget hearing on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Roger Poitras Administration Building, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

The Board of County Commissioners’ Sept. 3 regular meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Roger Poitras Administration Building, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will reopen Thursday, Sept. 5.  Parents, students and staff are asked to refer to the SLPS web page, social media outlets, School Messenger and local media partners for updates. John Carroll High School will reopen Thursday, Sept. 5 with a late-start schedule (8:53 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.).

Indian River State College (IRSC) will resume normal business hours on Thursday, Sept. 5. Students may return to their residences in the IRSC River Hammock.

The City of Fort Pierce offices and facilities will open for normal hours of operation on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Port St. Lucie City Hall opened for regular business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Ocean Rescue Lifeguards will return to the beaches on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Several St. Lucie County Environmental Preserves has been checked and open for public use. However, the trails at the Oxbow Eco-Center, Pinelands and Sweetwater Hammock remain closed due to flooding. For a list of preserves visit www.stluciepreserves.com.

Public Transit 

Fixed routes for the Treasure Coast Connector have resumed operations as of 2 p.m. today. For details visit:www.slcride.org.

Garbage Pickup

The St. Lucie County landfill will reopen Thursday, Sept. 5. Waste Pro will resume normal operations on Thursday, Sept. 5 beginning at 7 a.m. Only put out what is scheduled for pick up on Thursday. Please keep yard debris separated from other non-vegetative debris such as wood, metal etc. Do not place anything else roadside. It will not be recovered and will only hamper recovery operations.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito Control operations, including fogging and other treatments, will resume operations once the winds subside and weather permits. St. Lucie County reminds residents to do their part in reducing breeding areas, including practicing the “tip and toss” method of emptying containers that collect standing water around their homes and yards. Even a bottle cap of standing water can provide a breeding habitat for mosquitos. To prevent mosquito bites, residents are reminded to wear light clothing when jogging or walking in the evenings, as well as using mosquito repellant with DEET. The most up-to-date information on fogging operations is also posted online: www.stlucieco.gov/mosquito.      

Swimming Advisory

Due to the potential effects on water quality related to Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie (DOH-St. Lucie) has issued a county wide precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches. At this time, swimming is not recommended.

Tests will be conducted, when possible, to determine the water quality at public beach locations. Until test results are available, you should assume that water contact may pose an increased risk of disease or illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Additionally, residents should avoid contact with floodwaters which come from an overflow of any water body from rivers, lakes, or oceans. Floodwater may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste, and septic tanks. Floodwaters can also mask debris, downed power lines, and other hazards.

DOH recommends the following precautions after hurricanes.

  • Follow basic hygiene during this emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water which has either been boiled or disinfected before eating and after toilet use.
  • Do not allow children to play in floodwater. They can be exposed to water contaminated with fecal matter.
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been in floodwater until the toys have been disinfected. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water to disinfect toys and other items.
  • If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and disinfected or boiled then cooled water. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection. If a wound or sore develops redness, swelling or drainage, see a physician.
  • fter helping in cleanup activities and after handling items contaminated by floodwater or sewage, wash hands with soap and water.

The latest testing on salt water beaches will be updated on DOH’s websitehttps://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html. For fresh water beaches, contact the Environmental Health Section of the DOH-St. Lucie where the fresh water beach is located for information about fresh water beaches. A list of county health department websites can be found here: https://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/county-health-departments/find-a-county-health-department/index.html.

Public Information Lines

Public Information Line – 772-460-HELP (4357) – closed today until 3 p.m.

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