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Town of Oakland Status Report for Tuesday September 12th 2017 at 2:30pm
•Safety - There was no reported loss of life or injuries. However, please use caution when moving about due to debris and possible downed power lines. Remember that often some of the big trees take the power lines with them when they fall – so watch out for wires!
•Water - Although portions of the Town are still out of power, including Town Hall and the water plant, the water system is operating on a generator and the water is totally safe. We do ask to conserve and refrain from high uses of water, such as watering lawns, until the power is back on.
•Trees – The Town suffered significant tree damage, particularly in Historic Town. We lost a number of large Oaks, several of which were on Town property. Fortunately, to our knowledge, no families have been displaced due to tree damage.
•Roads/streets – All primary streets (Oakland Avenue, SR 50, Tubb St., Starr St., etc.) are open. Closures remain on some other streets and intersections, primarily due to downed power lines, over which the Town does not have control. To our knowledge, no homes are without street access – although a few may require small detours.
•The Bike Trail – The Bike Trail is closed through Oakland due to downed trees and power lines.
•Electric Power – We are doing all we can to resume electric service but that service is totally out of our hands. Obviously, we want to have essential public facilities, such as water, back on power. If you have questions about your electric power service, please call Duke Energy directly.
•Debris – As you know, there is debris virtually everywhere. Thank all of you for doing such a wonderful job of helping clean up. And we were fortunate that today was a regular trash day and our service went on as regularly scheduled. Please place debris material alongside the road but away from fire hydrants. this cleanup is going to take some time so please be patient. We are working closely with federal, state and local agencies to get this disaster behind us.Pleases watch the Town’s Website www.oaklandfl.gov and Facebook for updates and any closures.