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Hurricane Irma | Important Information (9/20/17 - 3:00 PM)

~ HURRICANE IRMA ~

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION UPDATES

September 20, 2017 – 9300 PM      

City of Weston Information

CITY OFFICES:  City of Weston administrative offices have resumed normal hours of operation.

CITY PARKS: All passive parks are OPEN.  That list includes:

Gator Run, Eagle Point, Indian Trace, Peace Mound, Heron, Country Isles, Windmill Ranch,

Town Center Park, Library Park, and Emerald Estates Park.

It is recommended to use caution in playground areas until the playground sunshades are re-installed. The playground equipment and safety surfacing may become hot.  Be sure that children wear shoes at all times.

Our large parks Athletic Parks

  • Tequesta Trace Park is now OPEN.

  • Vista Park is now OPEN.

  • The Weston YMCA Family Center and the Weston Community Center has resumed normal operations as of Monday, September 18, 2017.

  • Weston Regional Park:  Basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks and skate park have reopened.  The rest of the park remains closed.

  • The Weston Tennis Center is Closed.

DEBRIS COLLECTION:  The City is requesting approval from FEMA for reimbursement for storm debris removal from gated communities and private rights-of-way.  An immediate answer is not forthcoming as this will take days, possibly weeks for a response.  Further, there is no certainty that the City will obtain FEMA approval just because the request was made.  The City Commission has not made a determination if it will perform debris removal in gated communities and private rights-of-way absent FEMA approval. 

If you would like your community to be cleaned-up in the shortest time it is recommended that the community association perform the clean-up at its expense.  The City cannot use FEMA funds to reimburse communities for debris removal.

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING SERVICE:  Regularly scheduled garbage and recycling collection service began on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 

TREES DOWN blocking roadways:   Do NOT call Fire Stations or Police Department to report downed trees.  Although the City has done a citywide assessment, you may report downed trees by calling the Public Works Department at 954-385-2600.  

CYCLISTS, JOGGERS, RUNNERS AND PEDESTRIANS: Bike lanes and sidewalks are filled with debris.  You are encouraged not to bike or cycle on roadways for your safety as you may be forced into traffic due to the debris.  Use extreme caution on roads and sidewalks as debris continues to be cleared daily.

BROWARD AREA UPDATES:

Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for countywide cancellations and closures, or call the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm daily. 

BUSINESS DAMAGES / ASSISTANCE:  If your business suffered a loss as a result of Hurricane Irma, you may be eligible for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $2 million to meet necessary financial obligations – expenses the business would have paid if the disaster had not occurred. The online SBA Disaster Loan application can be accessed at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or floridadisasterloan.org for details.    

The Irma Damage Assessment Survey form is available at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLBVEOC) at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?cid=1410718&action=bda_list.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE:  For details on post-storm assistance from FEMA, click here or visit disasterassistance.gov. The FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) has also been activated to assist individuals that sustain major damage to their home.  Click here for details.

LIBRARY:  The Weston Branch Library has resumed regular operating hours.  Visit Broward.org/Library for details.

MOSQUITO CONTROL:  The Mosquito Control Section of Broward County treats areas of the County based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.

PHONE/INTERNET SERVICE:  Phone (both landline and cellular) and Internet service may continue to be inconsistent or totally down.  Contact your service provider for updates on service restoration.

POWER OUTAGES:  FPL is working to restore power to all customers as soon as possible.  They have crews working around the clock to restore power.  The City has no control over power restoration. 

PROPERTY DAMAGE: Report damage to your home online with the Broward County Home Damage Assessment tool at Broward.org/Hurricane.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS:  Treat all intersections with inoperable traffic signals as 4-way stops. Work is being done to restore signals as soon as possible.  Be cautious and be courteous.  Being first is not worth risking your life.

SCHOOLS:  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) have reopened as of Monday, September 18, 2017.  BCPS is providing free breakfast and lunch to all students at all schools for the next several weeks.

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:  Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.  Visit benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/597 or DisasterAssistance.gov for more details.

 

SAFETY TIPS FOR AFTER THE STORM

Generator Safety 

  • Do NOT use while it is raining to avoid electrocution.  Operate on a dry surface under a canopy-like structure.  Do not touch with wet hands.

  • Only use out doors and away from open windows.

  • Turn off before refueling and let cool.

Use caution when removing shutters.  Most fatal accidents happen before and after the storm's arrival during storm preparation, cleanup and assessment.

Stay Connected to the City of Weston

- City of Weston updates will be posted at www.WestonFL.org/HappeningNow.aspx.

- Follow the City of Weston on Twitter at @CityofWeston for ongoing updates and set an audible alert for our Alert account at @WestonFLAlert for urgent only notifications.

-Register to receive CodeRED emergency notifications from the City of Weston at www.westonfl.org/Residents/Hurricane/CodeRed.aspx.

- Hurricane preparedness information Westonfl.org/Hurricane.

 

 

-Updated 9/19/17,  9:00 AM