We hope you and your homes are doing okay after Hurricane Idalia. And we're sending lots of hope to our fellow neighbors who are rebuilding.
The District 6 Newsletter provided lots of great resources for those in need. Please see below:
Please place vegetative debris in your trash can or drop any remaining debris at one of the City Brush Sites stpete.org/brushsites.
The 1000 62 Ave NE location is now OPEN.
Regular trash and recycling schedules resumed on Thursday, August 31.
Electrical Safety Post-Flooding
Stay informed and seek professional assistance: Before attempting to enter your property, contact your local utility company to ensure it is safe to do so. If you suspect electrical damage or are unsure about the safety of your electrical system, enlist the services of a licensed electrician to assess the situation. Safety should be the top priority during this process.
Do not touch wet electrical equipment: Water and electricity are a deadly combination. If you come across electrical equipment that has been submerged or is wet, do not touch it. Standing water can carry an electric current, even if it appears calm. Contact a professional to assess the equipment and determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Turn off power before entering: If your home has been flooded, do not enter until the power has been turned off at the main circuit breaker or fuse box. If you're unable to safely access these areas, consult a professional to perform this task. Do not rely solely on the fact that the power is out in your neighborhood, as localized systems might still be active.
Inspect wiring and outlets: Once the power is safely disconnected, inspect your electrical wiring, outlets, and appliances for signs of damage. Look for discoloration, charring, or exposed wires. If you notice any of these issues, refrain from using the equipment and seek professional help.
Avoid using extension cords: While cleaning up, avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution for powering devices. They are not designed for prolonged use and can pose fire and shock hazards. If additional power sources are needed, consult a licensed electrician to install them properly.
Wait for approval before restoring power: After your property has been deemed safe by a qualified professional, you can begin the process of restoring power. Follow their guidance closely and avoid attempting any repairs yourself unless you are trained to do so.
Educate family members: Ensure that everyone in your household is aware of the importance of electrical safety, especially children. Keep them away from any electrical equipment, outlets, or cords that may have been compromised by the flood.
Update on FEMA Resources
The City and Pinellas County are currently working with the FEMA to assess damage in St. Pete. Next steps will be communicated by the City as we have more information.
Remove wet contents immediately to prevent extensive damage and mold.
Clean and disinfect everything that got wet - mud left from flood water can contain sewage and chemicals.
Minor water intrusion that requires the replacement of floor finishes (carpet, wood, tile, etc.) does not require a building permit.
Water intrusion and flood/storm damage that affects walls, fixtures, built-in cabinetry, windows, doors, roof, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing, etc. does require a permit for repair or replacement.
The permitting process can be expedited after storm events.
Email email@example.com or call 727-893-7231 for any permitting related questions.
Electricians may apply for an electrical service permit online.
Any submerged electric circuit or components will typically not be safe to energize and must be replaced or evaluated by an electrical inspector with a permit and inspection to remain.
Contact Duke Energy for service connection issues and questions at 800-700-8744.
Want to help?
Our parks are a treasured park of our St. Pete lifestyle, and our Parks team has been working hard before, during, and after the storm. Debris will be gathered and removed as quickly as possible, to get our parks back in top shape. If you’re looking for ways to help, stop by your neighborhood park to assist with picking up debris. It’s a great way to give back to our beloved parks and the teams that care for them!
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