September 15, 2017 | 5:00 PM
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
As of Friday evening, the latest information is listed below. Please be advised that this is the final Post Hurricane Irma Advisory. The City of Fort Pierce is making excellent progress with recovery efforts and we will to keep our community updated as needed.
In the aftermath of disasters in which large numbers of buildings are damaged, there are likely to be opportunists posing as legitimate contractors willing to assist you in making needed repairs. The best way to avoid these unscrupulous or illegal operators is to ask for proof of both a current state contractor’s license and a certificate of worker’s compensation insurance.
For a list of licensed General Contractors in Fort Pierce, visit: http://cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/4146
Building Procedures after a Disaster: http://cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/4144
Building Department Special Flood Procedures: http://cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/4145
Debris collection will begin on Monday, September 18, 2017. Residents with yard waste and storm debris should separate material in two piles along the right of way, not in the road. Please take care not to block access to fire hydrants, mail boxes or utility boxes. Avoid placing debris under low hanging wires.
The Fort Pierce Police Athletic League will be hosting a free BBQ open to the public at PAL Park (903 S 21st Street, Fort Pierce) tomorrow, September 16, 12-2 p.m.
The Fort Pierce Farmer's Market is open as usual tomorrow, September 16, 8am - noon! Take a relaxing break from your hurricane clean-up to stock up on fresh produce and goods and enjoy a tasty treat or snack!
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is scheduled to open within the next 3-5 days at the Fenn Center (2000 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce) to assist individual residents. Residents seeking FEMA assistance should contact the federal agency directly; as local governments are not involved in the reimbursement/claims process for individuals or businesses. To see if you qualify for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Irma, please visit: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma or call 800-621-3362.
FPUA has restored electric service to 23,552 (99%) of the customers that lost electric service after Hurricane Irma. FPUA currently has 222 customers without power.
All parks in the City of Fort Pierce have been cleaned and restored and are open to the public, including Jetty Park.
St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) looks forward to welcoming all students and staff back to school on Monday, September 18th. SLPS will resume normal operations which includes transportation as well as before- and after-school programs and activities.
Indian River State College will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017.
St. Anastasia Catholic School and John Carroll Catholic High School
St. Anastasia and John Carroll will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017.
The emergency shelter at the Percy Peek Gym, 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce will remain open for residents effected by Hurricane Irma until further notice, thanks to the American Red Cross, City of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County. Individuals should bring items needed for comfort, including: blankets, linens, non-perishable food for individual preference or dietary needs. Medications in prescription bottles, medical supplies, medical equipment. Personal items; important papers, glasses, hygiene articles, clothing, flashlight, quiet games i.e cards, books.
Removal of downed and severely damaged trees does not require a permit, however; it is the resident’s responsibility to remove downed trees on their property.