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Hurricane Irma - Updated Sept. 11 - 8 p.m.

9/11/2017

Mayor Lauren Poe is hosting a Telephone Town Hall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 11AM-12PM to discuss recovery efforts, what you can do to assist and answer questions. Pre-register and enroll cell phone numbers at bit.do/talkGNV or dial-in toll free to 855-269-4484.

Due to the number of downed power lines, downed trees and standing water, stay off the roads at night. Please help us help keep you safe!

Hurricane debris pickup and regular solid waste pickup this week is on a one day delay. Please click here to read about hurricane debris specifications.

If you have flood pictures, please email them to gainesvillefloodirma@gmail.com. Please include an address or nearest landmark in the email. This is strictly to document flooding to help with future grants, prioritizing future funds or capital improvement fund requests, etc.

80 lift stations are out & 20 are in peril. AVOID standing water!

If you are experiencing an interruption in (GRU) water service, don’t drink your tap water at this time.

UPDATED at 1:30PM Sunday: Everyone should plan to be in the place where they will remain until the storm is over by 4PM Sunday.

Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Lauren Poe signed a declaration of emergency for the City of Gainesville, which is in effect until Wednesday, Sept. 13. This enables city staff to fully utilize all resources necessary to keep the public safe. Public safety officials are asking the public to stay off the roads when the storm nears, if possible. This will allow emergency vehicles to respond to the highest priority needs first. Emergency management personnel are on duty and are continuing to monitor the hurricane.

Please note the following regarding hurricane preparation:

  • Fill up your gas tanks, gather hurricane supplies and fill up any empty containers in your home with potable tap water. For anyone new to the area, or unfamiliar with hurricane preparations, visit www.ready.gov for more information.
  • Monitor storm conditions through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • The 311 Rumor Control phone number is now active. Please use it to verify the most up to the minute information on Hurricane Irma. For life threatening emergencies, call or text 911. For emergencies that are not life threatening (or for non-emergencies), call 352-955-1818. The non-emergency number for UF campus is 352-392-1111.
  • The following shelters are open as of the latest update (unless otherwise noted, the shelters are in Gainesville and are for general populations):
    -Alachua Elementary (13800 NW 152nd Pl., Alachua)
    -Archer Community School (14533 SW 170th St, Archer)
    -Buchholz High School (5510 NW 27th Ave.)
    -Chiles Elementary (2525 School House Rd.)
    -Eastside High School (1201 SE 43rd St.) (pet-friendly only)
    -High Springs Community School (1015 N. Main St., High Springs)
    -Kanapaha Middle (5005 SW 75th St.)
    -Meadowbrook Elementary (11525 NW 39th Ave.)
    -Oak View Middle (1203 SW 250th St., Newberry)
    -Santa Fe High School (16213 US 441, Alachua)
    -Shell Elementary (21633 65th Ave., Hawthorne)
    -Talbot Elementary (5701 NW 43rd St.)
    -Westwood Middle (3215 NW 15th Ave.) - (includes special needs populations)
    -Williams Elementary (1245 SE 7th Ave.)
    -Senior Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd.) - (includes special needs populations)
    -Waldo Community School (14450 NE 148th Ave., Waldo) - (pet-friendly)
  • City offices will be closed from noon Friday, Sept. 8 through the end of the day Monday, Sept. 11. We anticipate reopening at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Country offices are closed Friday, Sept. 8-Tuesday, Sept. 12.
  • Alachua County schools, UF and Santa Fe College will be closed Friday, Sept. 8-Tuesday, Sept. 12. UF classes are cancelled on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
  • Please call 352-334-5070 for storm related or flooding concerns.Please call 352-334-2871 to report power outages and 352-334-2550 for natural gas emergencies.
  • RTS will have reduced service Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Sept. 13. During reduced service, there will be no service on routes 19, 21, 27, 28, 29, 36,37, 38, 39, 40, 46, 62, 76, 77, UF campus and Later Gator routes. Reduced frequency will occur on routes 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 23, 33, 34, 35 and 43. Routes running during reduced service are marked with an ‘R’ in the printed and online versions of the RTS schedule. All other routes and paratransit service will run as normal. This will depend on the conditions of the road and the safety of our employees and passengers. Please visit www.go-rts.com for more info.
  • Trash collection for Monday, Sept. 11 will be suspended and is expected to resume Tuesday on a one-day delay schedule.
  • Non-emergency issues can be reported via 311GNV online at http://tinyurl.com/311GNVIrma (iPhone and Android apps are also available)
  • Visit www.safeGNV.org for storm information.

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