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Wednesday, October 17 -- Boil Water Notice Rescinded

Water tests have come back clear. The precautionary boil water notice is now rescinded. 


Wednesday, October 17 -- Mid-Morning Update

The Apalachicola City Hall has relocated to the Van Johnson Complex [the old high school] and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Apalachicola Library is also open for limited services from noon to 6 p.m. Internet, faxing and scanning are available. If you are using your WiFi devices, please bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.

FEMA will begin door-to-door contact today, starting in Alligator Point and working through the county.

The City has contracts in place for CURBSIDE DEBRIS REMOVAL and monitoring. Schedules and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

The distribution point for water and MRES is now closed. 


Wednesday, October 17 -- Additional Waiver Information!!

The City Commissioners have decided to waive residential permit fees and inspection fees for individuals doing their own work for 30 days. The commissioners have also waived site plat review fees as long as repairs being made to the home bring the structure back to its original state. Waiver of fees does not apply to contractor work or work on commercial structures.

REMEMBER: You still need inspections and approvals from the city before proceeding with any electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, or structural repairs!!


Tuesday, October 16 -- IMPORTANT: Fee Waiver Information 

The City Commissioners have decided to waive residential permit fees and inspection fees for individuals doing their own work for 30 days. The commissioners have also waived site plan review fees as long as repairs being made to the home bring the structure back to its original state. Waiver of fees does not apply to contractor work or work on commercial structures.


Tuesday, October 16 -- Evening Update

The Van Johnson Complex [old high school] point of distribution for MRES and water will be closed at 7 p.m. this evening. Please get what you need as soon as possible.

FEMA will be closing their point of contact at the Van Johnson Complex this evening. FEMA team will then begin door-to-door  contact across the county, beginning in Alligator Point and sweeping across the rest of Franklin county. For FEMA contact information, stop by the library or city hall when they open this week.

City Commissioners have approved contracts for DEBRIS REMOVAL AND MONITORING services. We will post schedules and additional information as it becomes available.


Tuesday, October 16 -- Morning Update

Water and sewer have been restored to all residences and to most of the Downtown area. We remain under a precautionary boil water notice. PLEASE DRINK BOTTLED WATER. Bottled water is available at the Van Johnson Complex [old high school] distribution point. Please, no unnecessary use of water as we are still on generators.

MRES [meals-ready-to-eat] and water are available at the Van Johnson Complex distribution point. The Salvation Army is serving hot meals starting at noon today.

FEMA representatives are also at the distribution point for those needing a property assessment.


Monday, October 15 -- UPDATE

Water and sewer has been restored to all residential customers. PLEASE CONTINUE TO DRINK BOTTLED WATER. The boil water notice is still in effect. Please, no unnecessary use of water as we are still operating on generators.

Downtown water and sewer should be restored by early evening. IMPORTANT: It appears there was no release of sewer water from the storm.

Streets and Avenues are clear and crews will begin working on alleyways as they are freed from other projects.

NO BURN NOTICE IS STILL IN EFFECT!

Regularly scheduled HOUSEHOLD TRASH collection will begin this week.

DEBRIS collection -- trees and brush -- will also begin this week. Please place debris to the curb. DO NOT COVER OR BLOCK FIRE HYDRANTS. Brush clearing equipment will damage these.

FEMA representatives are on site at the Van Johnson Complex [old high school] distribution point for those needing property damage assessments and other services.

Red Cross and the Salvation Army are at the complex providing hot meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Water and ice are also available. Stay hydrated amd stay safe!

Monday October 15 - 10 am update:

Apalachicola City Hall will be closed Monday and probably Tuesday, October 15-16 in order to relocate office facilities. When it reopens, City Hall offices will have relocated to the City Complex at 192 Coach Wagner Boulevard (14th street). Thank you all for your continued patience and support.

Sunday, October 14 update:
FEMA, Red Cross & Supplies - FEMA officials are in place at the Van Johnson Complex [old high school] distribution point.  Persons with property damage need to meet with FEMA officials as soon as possible for a property assessment.

Food, water and ice are also available. The Red Cross is on site at the distribution point and will be serving hot meals and providing other services. No word yet as to availability of showers and laundry facilities. 

Crews continue to work on the water and sewer systems. Duke Energy is continuing work and hopes to restore services as soon as possible.

Disaster protocols are in place and city officials are following processes step by step to insure adherence to those protocols. Please be patient as we know this takes more time than any of us would like. Stay safe and continue to be kind.



Saturday, October 13 -- 4:15 p.m.   Update on Water, Sewer, and Debris Issues 

Water service is now restored to all customers. Precautionary boil water notice remains in effect. Please DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. DRINK BOTTLED WATER. Bottled water and other supplies are available at the FEMA distribution point located at the Van Johnson Complex.

Sewer service is restored to all residential customers. Sewer service Downtown [Line A] is still inoperable at this time. Crews continue to make repairs on this line. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER. Both the water and sewer system are operating on generators and can easily become overwhelmed.

All streets and avenues are now open with at least one lane, most two lanes. Crews are assisting Duke Energy with restoring power to critical facilities. Please continue to be cautious of downed power lines and leaning trees. Remember: all parks, marinas and other distressed public areas are closed until further notice.

We have so much work ahead of us. Thank you to all who have volunteered time and manpower to assist our community. Stay safe and we will keep you posted.

 

2018-19 City Budget Proposed Budget

You may view the proposed 2018-19 Budget here. A final budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25.
The City's 2017-18 budget is available to download. You may view that budget here.

Duke Energy Begins Tree Trimming

In order to maintain reliable service and minimize outages Duke Energy will be conducting vegetation management activities in and around portions of the City of Apalachicola beginning the week of September 10 and continuing for approximately three weeks (weather permitting). The trained tree personnel will be inspecting and clearing vegetation that poses a threat to Duke Energy power lines. All tree trimming and pruning activities conducted by Duke Energy will follow standards developed and approved by the American National Standards Institute for tree care maintenance and operations.

The 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report is available to review here.

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