Hurricane Irma: Recovery Efforts Underway
Update as of 6:00 p.m., Monday, September 11
A Curfew has been ordered for the City of Hollywood from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and will be enforced by Hollywood Police. While recovery efforts are well underway in the City, many street lights and traffic signals remain out and many remain without power creating potential hazards for motorists and others in the overnight hours.
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 observe the curfew. Unnecessary travel on City roadways makes it difficult for crews working to restore power and clean up storm debris. Less traffic will help expedite recovery efforts.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center will continue under a partial activation as of 7:00 p.m. tonight. City emergency response crews remain fully staffed to continue with recovery efforts. The initial assessment of the City indicated downed trees and power lines throughout Hollywood along with street flooding in eastern neighborhoods. Structural damage and flood damage appears to be isolated. The City has mobilized its debris contractors. Efforts are focused on clearing primary corridors, then secondary streets and neighborhoods.
Garbage service in the City of Hollywood will resume Tuesday morning, September 12th, 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.
All vehicles parked for the storm in City garages in Downtown Hollywood and on Hollywood Beach need to be claimed by their owners and removed from the garages. There are several vehicles that double-parked and are blocking other vehicles. These vehicles will be towed if they are not removed by noon on Tuesday, September 12th.
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 will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. 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.