Hurricane Irma Update 65

 

 

Emergency Management monitoring tropical disturbances

Volusia County Emergency Management continues to monitor several tropical disturbances that have the potential to affect our weather in the coming days. Additional rainfall in Volusia County has the potential to exasperate flooding in areas that still have standing water from Hurricane Irma. Also, flooding has been known to damage trees by loosening or removing soil that supports root systems, which can increase their chance of falling during windy days and storms.

  • Residents should continue to monitor weather reports, and also take the time to make sure they are prepared for the potential of flooding, and take precaution in already flooded areas.
  • According to the National Weather Service Melbourne, there is a high surf advisory and coastal flood advisory in effect for the east central Florida coast through Thursday.
  • There is the potential for minor coastal flooding through Friday along the intracoastal waterways, including the Halifax and Indian Rivers and east coast beaches. Some low-lying coastal and riverside roads could be affected by minor flooding.
  • Widespread rainfall amounts of one to three inches can cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. The heavy rain may also cause additional water levels to rise on the St Johns River, which is already in moderate to major flood stage across east central Florida. This may cause additional flood impacts along the St Johns River.
  • Residents are encouraged to download the Volusia County Emergency Management app, which has a checklist for emergency supplies, an area to load contacts so you can let them know you are okay after a disaster, and emergency alerts and notifications.

 FEMA assistance

To date, FEMA has 50,121 registrations in Volusia and approved $15,006,237 in Individuals and Household Program (IHP) funds. Residents who sustained damage to their home due to Hurricane Irma are encouraged to register with FEMA for possible assistance. There are two ways to register:

  • Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Calling FEMA’s toll-free number at 800-621-FEMA (3362).  Applicants who use 711 or video relay service may call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY may call 800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362.

 

Residents who need access to a computer or the internet to register for FEMA assistance, can visit any of the county’s library branches to apply for FEMA assistance online. If residents do not have a library card, a guest pass will be issued to use the public-access computers. People also can bring their own equipment and access the free Wi-Fi to complete the online FEMA application. At the library, staff members can assist in navigating the online FEMA application, but are unable to discuss specifics with regard to FEMA eligibility and assistance. Residents are encouraged to call FEMA’s toll-free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362) to speak to a representative who can answer questions and provide consultation regarding eligibility and assistance that may be available.

 Debris

To date, Volusia County has collected 81,500 cubic yards of storm debris. Volusia County continues to operate three residential debris reduction drop-off sites that are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week through Sunday, Oct. 22, at the following locations:

  • Tomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange
  • Old Plymouth Landfill, 1991 W Plymouth Ave., DeLand
  • Intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City

All Volusia County residents and small landscape-type businesses may bring Hurricane Irma vegetative debris ONLY to the debris reduction drop-off sites without charge.  Homeowners associations and people who live on private roads are also encouraged to use these sites to clean their private communities. Residents must show proof of residency, and small landscape-type businesses will need to complete a form to drop debris at the sites. The only type of debris accepted at these sites is vegetative debris (leaves, branches and cut trees) that has not been bagged. No other debris will be accepted.

For more information, call Volusia County’s debris hotline at 386-507-5166 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

 Operation Blue Roof in Volusia County only here until Oct. 7

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will only be in Volusia County through Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of Operation Blue Roof. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the DeLand YMCA, 761 E. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand.

 

In disaster areas, Operation Blue Roof is a program for homeowners who have damage to their roofs. The program sends licensed contractors out to homes to cover the damage with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting (tarp) until homeowners can arrange repairs. Operation Blue Roof allows residents to stay in their homes, instead of paying for temporary housing or hotels. The program also protects property while homeowners recover from the storm. This is a free service to homeowners with homes that are primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties that have less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program. Not all roof types qualify for the program. For more information, call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258) and press 315, or go to www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof. Applicants who use 711 or video relay service, can call 800-621-3362. Those who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech disability and use TTY, can call 800-462-7585.

 

Emergency officials advise it can take two weeks or longer for the roof assistance. In the interim, if residents need assistance placing a tarp on their roof, they can call Volusia County Community Services at 386-943-7029.

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