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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 - Update on Hurricane Dorian (6 p.m.)EOC activation level

Hurricane Dorian is expected to continue moving slowly northwestward along the Florida coast through Wednesday. Though impacts for our area are minimal, Dorian remains a dangerous hurricane near Florida’s east coast.

The 311 emergency management-rumor control line closed today at 5 p.m. If you have a public safety emergency, please call 911. 

In what we hope to be the final chapter of our local Hurricane Dorian coverage, the following information is important to note:

  • Sandbags – residents who obtained sandbags should hang on to them! Nearly 40,000 sandbags were distributed by the City of Gainesville. We are just now entering the peak week of hurricane season and those bags may come in handy.
  • Trees – If you have concerns regarding a tree in your area, now is the time to enter this information on and the Urban Forestry Program can evaluate. It’s best to address tree concerns well in advance of an impending storm. Our Public Works Department has many responsibilities to prepare the city for the storm.
  • Flooding - The city’s Public Works Department is aware of at-risk flooding areas and monitors them accordingly during tropical storms and even major thunderstorms. When necessary, they pump down water in certain areas in advance of the storm’s onset. The city does not maintain private stormwater basins, ponds and most creeks. It is up to the individual property owner(s) to address those issues. If you need assistance, contact our Public Works Department and they will be happy to help you identify the best point of contact. Phone: 352-334-5070.

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