Press Release on Fay from City of Tallahassee

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

City Responding to Impacts From Tropical Storm Fay

City crews remain on alert this evening and are continuing to respond to any problems occurring due to impacts from Tropical Storm Fay. The City's Emergency Operations Center remains activated with partial staffing, to help coordinate response efforts to the storm.

City crews from Police, Fire, Utilities, Streets and Drainage, and Traffic Engineering remain on standby, and are ready to respond to problems that may develop. These crews are working in cooperation with Leon County employees to coordinate response efforts. Following are key actions the City has taken (updates in bold type):

· The primary City phone number for storm-related inquiries, including power outages, downed trees or flooding is 891-4YOU (4968). Additional personnel have been called in to respond to calls, and will this number will be staffed overnight and Saturday.

· Scattered power outages were reported throughout the afternoon and early evening, with only a few minor outages reported tonight; all outages today and tonight were restored within an hour; Electric Utility crews remain on standby and are ready to be deployed as needed.

· Four commercial flights at Tallahassee Regional Airport were cancelled today, including the 10:40 pm US Airways flight from Charlotte; otherwise the airport will operate as normal Saturday. Passengers are reminded to contact airlines directly regarding the status of individual flights - customers may review the status of flights at Tallahassee Regional Airport online at Talgov.com.

· Sand and bags are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following locations:

o Messer Field South parking lot - along Jackson Bluff Road opposite the intersection with Dupree Street
o Mitchell Avenue next to Winthrop Park
o Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street (1115 Dade St.)
o NOTE: Citizens must bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves; a limit of 25 bags per person exists at these three locations, which are no longer being staffed.

· No significant flooding reported thus far; drainage/flooding response crews and tree-removal crews remain on standby and ready to be deployed as needed.

· Barricades are positioned along city streets prone to flooding so emergency crews can block off roads quickly if necessary

· The Electric Utility lowered the level of Lake Talquin by one foot in anticipation of heavy rains; river levels below the dam should remain below flood stage.

· StarMetro will operate its normal schedule Saturday; the only cancelled route tonight was the "Night Nole" route (operates 10 pm-3 am) serving Florida State University.

· All Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department facilities, including the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center, tennis courts, swimming pools, community centers and neighborhood service centers will be closed Saturday.

· Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs has also postponed all fall youth sports registration activities scheduled for Saturday. This includes tackle football, flag football, cheerleading and volleyball. Registration will now take place Monday, August 25 at the same locations between 6 and 7 pm.

· Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs general public gymnastics call-in registration has been rescheduled from Saturday to Monday, August 25 at 1 pm.

· All games tonight for a Men’s Industrial League national softball tournament in Tallahassee were cancelled. City staff and tournament officials will meet in the morning to review the situation regarding the status of the tournament.

A word of caution to motorists who must be on the road during heavy rain -- do not drive on streets where water covers the surface. There could be deep water or potholes caused by the flooding. Police officers will issue citations to drivers ignoring road barricades. In addition, motorists are reminded to approach intersections where a traffic signal is not working as a four-way stop. Storm-related information is available on Talgov.com


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