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NWS: Ian has emerged off the northern coast of Cuba, moving north & eventually northeast toward FL. Hurricane Watches are now in effect for all inland east central FL counties. Residents should finalize preparations today! Be prepared for hurricane force winds for areas north of Melbourne/Kissimmee and tropical storm force winds for areas south. Heavy rainfall will lead to flooding across most of the area, overflowing ditches and the potential for flooding to enter structures. Beginning tonight, tornadoes in outer rainbands will move onshore, continuing through Wednesday and Thursday.
Town OperationsThe Town of Oakland will officially close its business offices on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29, to allow our employees to remain in their homes. Oakland Police will remain on duty but may be limited in response capabilities during the worst part of the weather event. Normal trash pickup on Wednesday and Thursday will be suspended. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and to follow weather reports and alerts. We expect to return to normal operations on Friday, Sept. 30.
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In preparation for Hurricane Ian, sandbags will be available inside Town Hall, 230 N. Tubb Street, beginning at noon on Monday, September 26, and will continue to be available as necessary and as supplies last. A maximum of 10 bags will be available for each Town address during normal business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The sandbags will be empty. The bag fill site at the intersection of Sadler and Cross will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 27, for those residents who do not have fill material. The fill site will be unmanned. Please bring your own shovel or trowel to fill your sandbags.
Oakland Trash Collection
WM is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian. Based on the current trajectory and intensity, WM may not be able to perform normal operations starting Friday or Saturday. Please do not set trash at the curb on Wednesday nor during hurricane conditions. Conditions permitting, WM will resume collection operations on Friday or Saturday this week. WM will not operate when sustained wind speeds exceed 35 mph. Resuming “post storm” operations will depend on storm damage safety assessments and open disposal facilities. At this time, residents/customers should refrain from placing additional yard waste or other bulky items at curbside. WM has created the attached website in order to keep our municipal customers informed and updated on impending Florida storms/hurricanes: www.wmfloridastorm.com.
Storm Debris CollectionHousehold trash and recycling must be kept separate from storm debris. Per FEMA directions, please separate storm debris into the categories below and place at the curb away from your regular household trash and recycling. Waste Management will pick up CONTAINERIZED trash, recycling and yard waste. Other contractors will remove storm debris. Learn more by visiting WM.
Follow the directions supplied with the generator. To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands. Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can. Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label on the generator. For more information, visit the Red Cross website.
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