Power Outages / Utilities
Because of the amount of rain and power outages, utility customers are being asked to conserve water and limit the number of flushes to prevent any problems with an overload of the sewage systems.
Florida, Power & Light is reporting 11,190 outages in St. Lucie County (9 percent of customers), while Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is reporting about 408 (1 percent of customers) in the city as of noon Sunday. FPL customers can track outages at www.fpl.com/storm; to report outages call 1-800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8343). FPUA customers can track outages at www.FPUA.com; to report outages call 772-466-7703.
Indian River Drive is closed from Citrus Bridge to Savannah Road in Fort Pierce. Access to Hutchinson Island (both North and South) has been closed to everyone. Residents will still be able to leave the island – in the event of an emergency, but will not be allowed re-entry until the storm passed. Brocksmith Road South in Fort Pierce has been closed due to a washout.
Crews from the county and cities have been out clearing drainage basins as much as possible; however, since the winds have picked up (around noon) Public Works crews have been pulled off the roads. All residents are urged to stay off the roads throughout the day as many roads are flooded or have standing water. Additionally traffic signals are starting to lose power. Road conditions will be updated throughout the day and posted to www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane, as well as being shared on social media.
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 (full) activation. Hurricane Irma press conferences/updates from St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center will take place at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. daily and will be streamed live to the county’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stluciegov.
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open and will remain open until further notice. Residents are urged to call the HELP Line to report flooding and road closure, instead of 9-1-1 - unless residents are in immediate danger from flooding.
Residents are also reminded to sign up for e-notifications Alert St. Lucie – www.stlucieco.gov/alert. Several messages were sent out by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management to mobile devices this morning that were not part of Alert St. Lucie.