April 2014 Storm Information

Quick Updates

May 30, 2014

Weather

Today: Scattered thunderstorms. High 81F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during the evening. Low 74F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%

Debris Clean Up

The final sweep has been completed, anything that still needs to be picked up will be the owners responsibility.

Road Closure

Florida Department of Transportation will close Shoreline Drive at the intersection of Hwy 98 for repairs beginning  Tuesday, May 27, 2014. This road closure will last approximately four (4) weeks.  You can reach businesses located on that section of Shoreline from Daniel Drive beside the High School.

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May 28, 2014

Weather

Today: Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then windy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 84F. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight:Scattered thunderstorms, especially late. Low 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Debris Clean Up

Today is day 12 of debris cleanup. The Second and last sweep has begun. Do not add anything in front of your house after May 27th Once the final sweep has been to  your house, anything that still needs to be picked up will be the owners responsibility.

Road Closure

Florida Department of Transportation will close Shoreline Drive at the intersection of Hwy 98 for repairs beginning  Tuesday, May 27, 2014. This road closure will last approximately four (4) weeks.  You can reach businesses located on that section of Shoreline from Daniel Drive beside the High School.

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May 23, 2014

Weather

Today: Abundant sunshine. High 89F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.  Tonight:Partly cloudy skies. Low 69F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Debris Clean Up

Today is day 7 of debris cleanup. The first sweep of the City is almost complete. The Second and last sweep will begin May 27th. Do not add anything in front of your house after that date. Once the final sweep has been to  your house, anything that still needs to be picked up will be the owners responsibility.

Road Closure

Florida Department of Transportation will close Shoreline Drive at the intersection of Hwy 98 for repairs beginning  Tuesday, May 27, 2014. This road closure will last approximately four (4) weeks.  You can reach businesses located on that section of Shoreline from Daniel Drive beside the High School.

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May 21, 2014

Weather

Sunny. High 83F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mainly clear. Low 68F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Debris Clean Up

Today is day 5 of debris cleanup. The first sweep of the City is almost complete. The Second and last sweep will begin May 27th. Do not add anything in front of your house after that date. Once the final sweep has been to  your house, anything that still needs to be picked up will be the owners responsibility.

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May 19, 2014

Weather

Sunny, high 83F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.  5 day forecast shows no rain through the Memorial Day Weekend.

Debris Clean Up

Today is day 3 of debris cleanup.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • Only storm related damaged furniture, property and demolition debris will be collected;
  • DO NOT stack debris on fire hydrants, telephone switch or mail boxes;
  • Please locate any major appliances, computers and TVs or paints, chemical and solvents separately from construction/demolition/furniture debris;
  • Construction contractors or handymen MUST contain and dispose of debris they create themselves;
  • If there is insufficient room in the right of way for all of the debris, the property owner should obtain a Right of Entry / Hold Harmless agreement from the City website or City Hall or any debris monitor;
  • Please try to ensure that delivery, contractor or personal vehicles do not block access for debris collection;
  • All remaining storm debris should be curbside by May 27, 2014.  After the final collection sweep, residents will be responsible for transporting remaining debris to the Milton landfill, or Gulf Breeze transfer station at their own expense.
  • Please see www.CityOfGulfBreeze.com for most up to date information and click here for Right of Entry form.

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May 16, 2014

Weather

Sunny with temperatures rising towards the low 70s. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. 

Today: Abundant sunshine. High 79F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mainly clear. Low 68F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Debris Clean Up

DRC Emergency Services of Mobile, Alabama was awarded the debris collection contract for Gulf Breeze by the Gulf Breeze City Council.  DRC will perform two sweeps through within the City, the first beginning Friday, May 16, 2014 and the final beginning Tuesday, May 27 2014.

DRC will be operating in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guideline for debris collection.  As a result, residents with debris related to the torrential April 30th rainstorm should keep the following in mind:

  • Only storm related damaged furniture, property and demolition debris will be collected;
  • DO NOT stack debris on fire hydrants, telephone switch or mail boxes;
  • Please locate any major appliances, computers and TVs or paints, chemical and solvents separately from construction/demolition/furniture debris;
  • Construction contractors or handymen MUST contain and dispose of debris they create themselves;
  • If there is insufficient room in the right of way for all of the debris, the property owner should obtain a Right of Entry / Hold Harmless agreement from the City website or City Hall or any debris monitor;
  • Please try to ensure that delivery, contractor or personal vehicles do not block access for debris collection;
  • All remaining storm debris should be curbside by May 27, 2014.  After the final collection sweep, residents will be responsible for transporting remaining debris to the Milton landfill, or Gulf Breeze transfer station at their own expense.
  • Please see www.CityOfGulfBreeze.com for most up to date information and click here for Right of Entry form.

Please contact Gulf Breeze City Hall (850) 934-5100 for further information.

Odds & Ends

Flood Survivor Cookout. St. Francis of Assisi Church  is hosting a hotdog cookout for flood victims & relief workers on +Friday 5/16  from 5-7 pm.  Come as you are & join us for food and conversation.

Public computers are still available at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze for residents who don’t have computer/internet access and wish to begin the disaster application process by registering online. Hours of service are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, +12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Volunteer Reception Center in Gulf Breeze is now closed. The temporary washing/dryer machine truck has ceased operation.  Residents needing volunteer assistance or who would like to volunteer, please contact the United Way of Santa Rosa County at (850) 623-4507.

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May 15, 2014

Weather Alert

Morning: Sunny and windy. Temperatures rising towards the low 70s. Winds NNW at 15 to 20 mph. 

Today: A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High 74F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 59F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Odds & Ends

Public computers are still available at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze for residents who don’t have computer/internet access and wish to begin the disaster application process by registering online. Hours of service are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, +12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Volunteer Reception Center in Gulf Breeze is now closed. Residents needing volunteer assistance or who would like to volunteer, please contact the United Way of Santa Rosa County at (850) 623-4507

The temporary washing/dryer machine truck that was located at the 1st Baptist Church, 555 Fairpoint Dr, has ceased operations as of Wednesday, May 14th.

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May 14, 2014

Weather Alert

Tropical moisture and cold front stir up plenty of rain for Wednesday and Thursday. Isolated flooding may result. A flash flood watch is in effect  for the western Florida panhandle.

Today’s forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, some heavy in the Pensacola area, with a high in the low 80s. The areas most likely to receive the heaviest rainfall will roughly be along and east of the I-65 corridor over interior Alabama and over the coastal counties of Alabama and the western panhandle of Florida.

Showers and thunderstorms also will be likely tonight before 1 a.m., with a 70 percent chance of precipitation. The NWS predicts a cloudy evening with a low around 59.

Thursday’s forecast is cloudy in the morning, then gradual clearing toward the afternoon. There is a slight chance of shows, a predicted high of 72 and a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

That night should be clear, with a low around 54.

Friday should see clearing skies and slightly cooler temperatures. A pleasant weekend is the  forecast with spring like conditions.

Because the ground is saturated from recent flooding, the City will keep all operating pumps deployed.

Public Assistance Approved

The major disaster declaration for the state of Florida has been amended to include the Public Assistance Program for Santa Rosa County.  Through the PA program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The initial major disaster declaration was approved on +May 6. This allowed residents and businesses of Santa Rosa County to participate in FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. The IA program is designed to coordinate assistance for individuals, households, and businesses recovering from disaster or emergency impacts. The amendment now allows government entities to participate in the PA program.

Odds & Ends

Public computers are available at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze for residents who don’t have computer/internet access and wish to begin the disaster application process by registering online. Hours of service are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, +12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Volunteer Reception Center phone number are still active, for HELP call: (850) 490-7399, to Volunteer call: (850) 490-7406. The Volunteer Recovery Center previously located at the United Methodist Church has been moved to the Gulf Breeze Community Center, located at 800 Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze.

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May 12, 2014

Weather Alert

This week’s forecast calls for a chance of showers in Pensacola throughout the beginning of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

There’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation today, with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. Otherwise, the forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with a high near 85. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 71 and patchy fog after 1 a.m.

Odds & Ends

The Gulf Breeze Library is open. Their regular weekly hours apply. Caution: The back parking lot is still being used as a staging area for debris by the City of Gulf Breeze. There is limited parking in the back of the library.  There are six reserved space in front of City Hall. Additional parking for the library can be found just west of the building, the first entrance past the library, the lacrosse and soccer field lot is open for use.

The Salvation Army has dropped an abundant amount of cleaning supplies s at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall , 75 Highpoint Drive.  Items include: Bleach, cleaning supplies, food boxes , and water

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May 11, 2014

Santa Rosa County(FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center  is open, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center’s recreation room located at 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze.   A Disaster Recovery Center is mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to an assistance case.

The hours of operations :

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mondays – Saturday,  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Special hours of operation. For Sunday, May 10, 2014, City hall will be open  from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon. General information concerning recent rain events will be provided. No billing activity will be available.

FOR THOSE IN NEED

The Salvation Army has deployed a stand alone laundry truck (wash and dry) at the First Baptist Church operating Mon to Wed 9am to 6pm. 555 Fairpoint Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL. Also, reminder that the Salvation Army has dropped an abundant amount of cleaning supplies and food supplies at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church at 75 Highpoint Drive.

WEATHER ALERT

The National Weather Center is forecasting: Scattered clouds with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing this afternoon. Humid. High around 80F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Isolated thunderstorms this evening, then skies turning partly cloudy after midnight. Humid. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Because the ground is saturated from recent flooding, the City will keep all operating pumps deployed.

Please Remember Mother’s Day Today!

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May 10, 2014

Santa Rosa County(FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center opened today,Saturday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center’s recreation room located at 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze. Hours of operation for the first day are 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  A Disaster Recovery Center is mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to an assistance case.

The hours of operations after May 10 are:

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mondays – Saturday,  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Special hours of operation. For the weekend of May 10, 2014, City hall will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. General information concerning recent rain events will be provided. No billing activity will be available.

WEATHER ALERT

The National Weather Center was forecasting severe storms to move through our area beginning Friday
afternoon through Saturday afternoon and evening. The area forecast was for 1 to 3 inches of accumulation
over that time.  However; there still a Flash Flood Watch until early Sunday morning.

Because the ground is saturated from recent flooding, conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
The City will keep all operating pumps deployed.

Odds & Ends

The Salvation Army has dropped an abundant amount of cleaning supplies and food supplies at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church , 75 Highpoint Drive.

Utility Bills received in the mail after Friday, May 9, may have caused some confusion as to when the meters were read. Meters are read ten (10) to fourteen (14) days before being mailed to residents. There was no meter reading done during the recent rain event.

Public computers are available at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze for residents who don’t have computer/internet access and wish to begin the disaster application process by registering online. Hours of service are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, +12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Gulf Breeze Library is closed until further notice. The parking lot is being used as a staging area for debris by the City of Gulf Breeze.

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May 9, 2014

The first Santa Rosa County Disaster Recovery Center opens +Saturday, May 10 at the Gulf Breeze Community Center’s recreation room located at 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze. Hours of operation for the first day are 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  A Disaster Recovery Center is mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to an assistance case.

The hours of operations after May 10 are:

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mondays – Saturday,  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All services may not be available on +Saturday, +May 10 as the center ramps up operations, but some of the services may include once fully operational include:

· Guidance regarding disaster recovery

· Clarification of any written correspondence received

· Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information

· Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance

· Status of applications being processed by FEMA

· SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

Special hours of operation. For the weekend of May 10, 2014, City hall will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Information concerning recent rain events will be provided. No billing activity will be available.

Public computers are available at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze for residents who don’t have computer/internet access and wish to begin the disaster application process by registering online. Hours of service are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, +12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  FEMA representatives will not be on site.  FEMA representatives are already making residential site visits to Santa Rosa County residents who have begun the assistance process online or by phone.  Sign up now!

Affected individuals and business owners can start the disaster application process by registering online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by using a web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly and those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.

WEATHER ALERT

The National Weather Center is forecasting severe storms to move through our area beginning Friday
afternoon through Saturday afternoon and evening. The area forecast is for 1 to 3 inches of accumulation
over that time. However; 4 to 7 inches of rain will certainly be possible where showers and storms train over the same locations.

Because the ground is saturated from recent flooding, expect heavy runoff from whatever rain occurs.
The City will keep all operating pumps deployed.

Odds & Ends

Sandbags (filled) are available to homes at risk (10 per) from the Gulf Breeze Community Center starting this afternoon, empty bags (up to 25 per vehicle) are available at Midway Fire Dept currently.  After use over the weekend, residents are encouraged to store their sandbags in an area off the ground and out of the sun so they may be reused.

The Gulf Breeze Library is closed until further notice. The parking lot is being used as a staging area for debris by the City of Gulf Breeze.

Septic Tanks

  • If your septic tank becomes flooded by the additional rain, it is likely that your toilets will not flush. Flushing may cause the untreated sewage to back-up into your home.
  • It is safest to wait until the water recedes before trying to flush toilets.

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May 8, 2014

Weekend Weather Alert & Recovery Briefing

WEATHER ALERT

The National Weather Center is forecasting severe storms to move through our area beginning Friday
afternoon through Saturday afternoon evening. The area forecast is for 1 to 3 inches of accumulation
over that time.

Because the ground is saturated from recent flooding, expect heavy runoff from whatever rain occurs.
The City will keep all operating pumps deployed.

Sandbags (filled) are available to homes at risk (10 per) from the Gulf Breeze Community Center starting this afternoon, empty bags (up to 25 per vehicle) are available at Midway Fire Dept currently.

RECOVERY INFORMATION

FEMA Registration – 1-800-621-3362

Local Help Line – (850) 490-7399 (if you can volunteer (850) 490-7409)

County Citizen Info Line — (850) 983-4636

County Health Dept — (850) 983-4636

Out of caution: the City recommends avoiding swimming in the Bayous or Sound until further notice.

WATCH FOR SCAMS

– House and apartment rental over Craigslist or other internet listing by “out of town” owners
requiring you to send deposits via Western Union or PayPal, etc
– Repair “contractors” without business cards, or business licenses or proof of insurance going door to door

DEBRIS COLLECTION

Will not take place while storms are in the area.

Residents should avoid placing debris near power poles, fire hydrants, water meters, mail boxes or other utilities. Crews are not allowed on private property so all debris must be in the right-of-way area, typically the area from a water meter to the street.

Debris must be separated curbside in the following categories: 1) construction; 2) appliances; 3)
electronics. — household garbage or yard debris will receive normal kart collection.

No oils, gasoline, paint, solvents, pesticides, batteries, tanks, or pool chemicals or other household
hazardous waste will be collected. Residents may dispose of these items at no charge year
round, +Monday through +Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Household Hazardous Waste Center
located at the entrance of the Central Landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton.

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May 4, 2014

  • Vacuum Trucks will be around to vacuum up small pockets of water.
  • City staff are placing lime in areas with possible sewer contamination and as odor control.   The lime is a powder that is NOT harmful to humans, but can be an eye and skin irritant.  Please be cautious.
  • There is rain projected for the weekend, we are keeping all pumps through the weekend in case the rainfall is larger than predicted.
  • There are several areas where potholes and sinkholes have developed.   Sinkholes that are not barricaded should be reported.  Potholes will be found by Public Services eventually.
  • Pumps are still in use and being deployed to as many areas as possible.
  • Debris pickup has begun, please bring to the street if possible.
  • Potable water is fine to drink.
  • Sewer customers should use sewer sparingly.   Even though your area may not be flooded, several of our major systems still have flood water in houses which creates a flooded sewer system.
  • Please Note: Contractors are responsible for removal and appropriate disposal of construction related debris from you premises and should not be leaving it on your lawn.

Since the morning of the torrential rains on April 30, 2014 City crews have been active deploying pumps and hoses to speed the draining of the flood waters. We have been deploying additional pumps and hoses as fast as they have arrived.

For far too many of our residents, however, the flash flooding that occurred has destroyed or damaged their homes and their belongings. On May, 1, 2014 the Mayor officially requested that FEMA assistance for our residents. The City has been coordinating with local churches and charitable organizations to facilitate aid and recovery resources.

The day before the deluge, the National Weather Service was predicting up to 5 inches of rain in our area in their forecast of severe storms. By the next morning, four to five times that amount had fallen.

Preliminary calculations suggest over 300,000,000 (300 million) gallons of water fell within the Shoreline / Fairpoint / Highway 98 perimeter alone. This is an unprecedented rainfall in this area, far surpassing any other single rain storm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will my street / home / yard be dry?

Honestly, we cannot predict either by area or individual residence. The weather has been working with us and is forecast to continue to be favorable for the next few days.

I’ve seen pumps that weren’t operating, why?

1) Awaiting refueling; or
2) Awaiting hoses to be placed or adjusted or repaired or replaced after damage from cars; or
3) Shut down due to damage to pump or to hoses, awaiting repair; or
4) About to be redeployed

Why are your pumps at the Park/Ballfield rather than at residential areas?

The disc golf course and baseball fields are next to a (usually) small pond that is designed to be one of the lowest points in the City. Water flows and migrates to area as a low point. If this area is not pumped out, water will migrate and return to surrounding areas despite local pumping. Pumps have been placed there because the location is best to benefit the greatest number of homes, not for any protective measures for the Park.

Why don’t you have pumps operating in my area/ street / yard?

Pumps and hoses are generally deployed to areas that are low points that water migrates to. As a result your area may be benefitting from pumping taking place several streets over. The pumps also are positioned to take advantage of wherever underground stormwater drains feed to as well.

I see water bubbling up?

Some water seeping through the sidewalks or streets is common just after an area has been pumped out as the overall water table beneath the ground collects water migrating from surrounding areas. Water bubbling up in standing water is often the result of a cross drain nearby – water is rushing into to an area being pumped out from across the street.

I have flood insurance, what should I do?

Start here: http://www.fema.gov/information-property-owners

I don’t have flood insurance, what should I do?

1) If practical, try to limit the damage;
2) Take pictures of all damaged items and areas;
3) Keep receipts for all repairs or expenses to protect from further damage;
4) Clean and disinfect flooded surfaces;
a. This booklet may be helpful Cleaning Up After The Flood
5) Let aid agencies and churches know who you are, where you are and what aid you need;
6) If a Federal Emergency is declared, sign up for aid from FEMA
a. Typically FEMA will require you carry flood insurance hereafter

I’m a renter, what do I do?

1) Take pictures of all damaged items and areas;
2) Keep receipts for all repairs or expenses to protect from further damage;
3) Clean and disinfect flooded surfaces;
a. This booklet may be helpful Cleaning Up After The Flood
4) Let aid agencies and churches know who you are, where you are and what aid you need;
5) If a Federal Emergency is declared, sign up for aid from FEMA

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