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Florida Wildlife Commission Urges Extreme Caution on Waterways After the Storm
We encourage all boaters to use extreme caution when navigating area waters due to potential damaged navigation markers and aids to navigation, or debris in the waterway. Please report any hazards in the waterway or damage to navigation markers to FWC at 1-888-404-3922.
FPL Outage and Restoration
FPL doesn't restore power based on when customers report an outage, where customers live or the status of accounts. Rather, we begin in multiple locations and follow an overall plan that calls for restoring power to the largest number of customers safely and as quickly as possible:
- We start by repairing any damage to our power plants and the power lines that carry electricity from our plants to the local substations.
- We prioritize restoring power to critical facilities, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.
- At the same time, we work to return service to the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time − including service to major thoroughfares that host supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, and other needed community services.
- From here, we repair the infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods, converging on the hardest-hit areas until every customer’s power is restored.
Stay away from flooding caused by severe weather events. After the storm, standing water may be hiding downed power lines that could be energized and dangerous.
Food and Water Safety
In situations of heavy rainfall within short periods of time, the City of Palm Bay Utilities urges residents on City sewer service to avoid using excess water for bathing, toilet flushing, and dishwashing. The measure is needed to prevent sewage backups and excess wastewater entering the collection system.
Cooperation in this matter is a proactive and preventative step in keeping operations safe for all residents. Updates will be provided on when this issue is resolved and residents may return to normal indoor water use.
What is a Boil Water Notice (BWN)?
When there is a loss in water pressure, either due to a broken water pipe, loss or power and/or system pressure, or a scheduled outage for repairs, a Boil Water Notice (BWN) is issued.
The City Of Palm Bay is required by law to inform citizens of an affected area. When the number of affected customers is limited, each affected household or business is informed individually using a printed notice hung on the front door. In addition, the Palm Bay Utilities Department publishes Boil Water Notices through media releases and residents may elect registration through e-notification for immediate notice.
You may visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website for additional information.
Remove Hurricane Shutters and Boards to Prevent Fire Hazard
Storm shutters can keep you and your family safe during a hurricane, but did you know they can also trap you in the event of a house fire? Blocked windows not only limit your family's escape routes, but also limit safe entry and exit points for Palm Bay's firefighters.
Although leaving shutters up through the end of hurricane season may seem tempting, Palm Bay Fire Rescue recommends taking the shutters off your home once the storm passes. Keeping shutters up until the end of the hurricane season can create a fire hazard that has potentially deadly consequences. Firefighters follow a “vent, enter, search” protocol, which means they will enter room-by-room and search them to ensure everyone is out of the burning structure. Shuttered and boarded-up windows can hinder this process.