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NWS: Hurricane Ian has made landfall in SW FL. The storm will continue NE across the peninsula thru Thurs. Conditions will continue to deteriorate into tonight with damaging winds, catastrophic flooding, and tornadoes possible. Preparations should be complete. Make sure to have multiple ways to receive warnings!
In Orange County:
Town OperationsThe Town of Oakland is closed 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 is suspended. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and to follow weather reports and alerts.
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Sandbags will be available at the Oakland Police Department, 540 Oakland Ave. The sandbags will be empty. The bag fill site is located at the intersection of Sadler and Cross and is unmanned. Please bring your own shovel or trowel to fill your sandbags.
Oakland Trash Collection
Please do not set trash at the curb on Wednesday nor during hurricane conditions. WM will resume collection operations on Friday or Saturday. WM will not operate when sustained wind speeds exceed 35 mph. At this time, residents/customers should refrain from placing additional yard waste or other bulky items at curbside. WM has created a website in order to keep 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.
Generator SafetyFollow 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.
Turn Around, Don't DrownEach year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The CDC reports that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage is due to walking into flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in cars swept downstream. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road. The road may have collapsed under that water. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.