September 11, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Contact: Shyanne Helms
As of Monday evening, here's the latest information:
City of Fort Pierce response teams are continuing post-storm safety assessments.
Immediate storm response includes:
• Street clearing and downed tree removal
• Damage and safety assessments throughout the community
• Damage assessment of public infrastructure, including traffic lights, sign damage
Both North and South Bridges are open for residents and business owners. You will be required to show the green re-entry pass or two forms of ID.
City Hall will remain closed on Tuesday, September 12 and will reopen to the public on Wednesday, September 13 at 8:00 AM.
City Commission Special Meeting
The Fort Pierce City Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss the situational update of Hurricane Irma and to consider extending the State of Emergency. Agenda: http://cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is continuing to assess damages. Due to the length and severity of the storm, approximately 23,700 FPUA customers and three of FPUA's substations were without power. Power has been restored to all three substations and approximately 6,200 customers. Power is being restored to main feeders and then to lateral lines. Restoration crews are focusing their restoration efforts on critical customers, Health Care facilities, Nursing Homes, Wastewater Facilities, and other Health and Safety Systems/Facilities. Once critical customers are restored, FPUA restoration efforts will restore power to the greatest number of customers in the least time. Care is being taken to restore power efficiently while continuing to ensure safety for both customers and lineman. Currently, restoration efforts include FPUA's 14 internal linemen working extended shifts. Mutual Aid crews from Michigan are expected to arrive this evening and will provide 22 additional lineman to assist in restoration efforts. In addition, 15 tree trimmers are assisting with vegetation management to facilitate efficient power restoration. We appreciate your patience.
FPUA's Water Reclamation Facility on South Hutchinson Island lost power from approximately 11:00 PM, September 10th, until 1:00 PM September 11th causing the deep water injection well to be inoperable. This necessitated a release of treated effluent into the Indian River. This poses no threat to the human population or wildlife.
FPUA's potable water system maintained its integrity and is safe for all customers. FPUA did received notification that Martin County Utilities has issued a boil water notice for the residents of South Hutchinson Island. This affects Martin County Utilities customers ONLY. FPUA water customers are NOT affected.
FPUA's natural gas services were undamaged by Hurricane Irma. As a safety precaution, services in mobile home parks were turned off before the most severe effects were felt. Those mobile home parks have been assessed for damage and all service was restored this morning.
FPUA's Storm Call Center is accepting calls at 772-466-7703. Please report any downed power lines. The Customer Service drive up window located at 206 S. 6th Street will be open on Tuesday, September 12 from 8 am to 5 pm and will accept payments only. Online payment services will be available beginning Tuesday, September 12th at 8 am. The Customer Service lobby will remain closed. Please check www.FPUA.com or www.facebook.com/teamFPUA for updates on restoration efforts as they become available.
Jetty Park is closed until further notice due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.
Trash collection will resume normal service on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
There are traffic lights out all over town. Treat any intersection with inoperable traffic lights like a 4-way stop. Same for any intersection without stop signs.