August 1, 2020, 5:30 PM
The City of Fort Pierce is closely monitoring the path of Isaias, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Residents should stay alert to forecast changes by reliable sources as the storm is expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight. The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11pm with an intermediate advisory at 8pm - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Isaias
As of 5pm on Saturday, August 1, we have the following update:
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for St. Lucie County.
DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
Mayor Linda Hudson declared a state of Local Emergency for the City of Fort Pierce as of 5 PM today, Saturday, August 1, 2020. It shall remain in effect for seven (7) days, pursuant to Section 252.38, Florida Statutes, unless terminated earlier, or extended as necessary.
BOIL WATER NOTICE – SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND
FPUA has restored water service to customers on South Hutchinson Island. Due to a 16” water main break, FPUA is issuing a precautionary boil water notice for all customers from 985 Seaway Drive east and south to the Martin County line.
FPUA water service customers should boil all water beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020, and continue to do so until this notice is rescinded. For updates to this notice, please visit www.fpua.com or visit this Facebook page.
FPUA recommends that you follow the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for boiling water listed below:
- Use bottled water if it is available.
- If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool and store it in clean containers with covers.
- If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/faq/emerg.html.
City of Fort Pierce Public Works and Code Enforcement staff concluded a citywide cleanup today, removing debris and signs from the right of ways. There will be no further pickups, therefore residents should refrain from placing debris or solid waste at the curb until the storm has passed.
REPORT POWER OUTAGES
To report an outage to the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, call 772-466-7703 or visit www.fpua.com.
CITY PARKING GARAGE
The City of Fort Pierce parking garage behind City Hall in Downtown Fort Pierce is currently closed to the public due to construction. The garage will reopen on Monday, August 3 at 7am.
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff is urging residents to shelter in place during this event, as there are no immediate plans to open shelters or issue evacuations.
As of right now, there are no plans to close South Bridge.
PUBLIC INFORMATION LINE
The Public Information Lines (772-460-4357 or 772-460-HELP) are open Saturday, Aug. 1 from until 6 p.m., and will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The City of Fort Pierce continues to host free self-serve sandbag program at NW Pioneers, MLK Dreamland, and Jaycee Parks. Residents should bring their own bags and shovel. Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk.
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents are also urged to sign up for St. Lucie County’s Alert St. Lucie program to get emergency notifications sent directly to their phone, email or text: www.stlucieco.gov/Alert