Hurricane Irma: Recovery Efforts Underway
Update as of 12 p.m., Monday, September 11
Recovery efforts are underway in the City of Hollywood. The clean up of storm debris has begun by Public Works and access to the barrier island was reopened at noon on Monday, September 11th. Police are asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel to help keep roadways clear for crews working to restore power and clean up storm debris. This will help expedite recovery efforts.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center will continue to be fully activated through post-storm recovery. A Rapid Impact Assessment is taking place with Police, Fire/Rescue, Code, Public Works and Public Utilities crews. There continue to be trees and power lines down throughout the City that can create hazards for motorists and pedestrians alike. Additional debris removal crews are being mobilized. Once the main corridors are cleared crews will fan out city-wide to begin removing storm-related debris from streets and then alleyways.
Garbage service in the City of Hollywood will resume on Tuesday morning per the normal collection schedule. This does not include Recycling and Commingled collections. All garbage customers who normally have garbage service on Tuesday are asked to bring their gray garbage carts to the front of their property for curbside collection. All storm related debris should also be placed curbside at the front of your property. To speed recovery efforts, the City is asking residents to separate downed tree limbs, palm fronds and other brush from bulky items damaged in the storm. These materials will be picked up by the City's debris contractors as they make their way across the City over the next several days/weeks. Please do not place debris or garbage carts in the service alleys. Garbage and all storm debris will be picked up at the curb. Alleys should be kept clear for FPL crews that are working to restore power.
The City remains under a Boil Water Advisory. Residents should not use drink their tap water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a rolling boil for one minute. Only boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, hand-washing dishes, and food preparation. As of Monday morning, utilities crews isolated the damaged water lines and began repairs. The breaks are located at: 1) 7500 block of McKinley Street, 2) 71st Terrace and Arthur Street and 3) 31st Road and Roosevelt Street. Water service in the immediate area of these breaks could be disrupted during the course of the repairs. Once the repairs are completed, the water must be sampled and tested. This will take at least 48 hours Once the tests come back as clear, the boil water alert will be lifted.
The City's Hurricane Call Center is activated. This call center can be reached by calling: 954.967.4EOC (4362). Broward County is also operating its Hurricane Hotline which is 311 or 954.831.4000.
Please continue checking for recovery updates through the City’s website www.hollywoodfl.org, Facebook page, City of Hollywood, Florida Government, and twitter feed @COHGOV.