Escambia County: Final Nate Update

October 8, 2017

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Here is the final update on Nate issued by Escambia County:

Current Situation

  • The Citizen Information Line is closed.
  • Individuals in Escambia County who need help with home damage directly resulting from Hurricane Nate may call Northwest Florida 2-1-1 for referral to organizations that MAY be able to assist. To access, dial 211, if in Escambia County, Florida at the time of the call.
  • The toll on the Bob Sikes Bridge Toll Plaza will be reinstated at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • Red flags are flying on Pensacola Beach. Red flags represent high surf and/or dangerous currents. No swimming or wading in the Gulf of Mexico
  • The Escambia County Emergency Operations Center has returned to level 3 operations, or monitoring with normal day-to-day staffing levels, at noon, Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • There currently is not expected to be any significant river flooding. Emergency management will continue to monitor local rivers.


Damage Assessments

  • Pensacola Beach experienced minor beach erosion with an estimated 250,000-450,000 cubic yard loss of sand.
  • Perdido Key had no damage, but experienced some minimal sand shifting.
  • Escambia County and City of Pensacola crews have finished their initial assessments, with no significant damage to report.
  • Fire crews responded to 13 storm-related calls over night. This included power arching, downed power lines, alarm systems and one downed tree on a home located in the 2300 block of Bobwhite Lane. No injuries were reported.


Reporting County Issues

  • Residents can request non-emergency services for road issues, Pensacola Beach resident services, stormwater maintenance and much more through Ask MyEscambia, a mobile and web application. Ask MyEscambia can be accessed on a desktop computer at MyEscambia.com/ask, or residents can download the mobile app for free by searching “Ask MyEscambia” in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or searching “PublicStuff” in the Windows Store or BlackBerry App World.


Traffic Conditions & Bridge Closures

  • All bridges are open.
  • There are no reports of uncleared debris in the roadway. To report a non-emergency road issue, click here or call 850-494-5860 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To report an issue of an immediate nature after business hours, please call 850-937-2100.
  • The toll on the Bob Sikes Bridge Toll Plaza will be reinstated at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • Stefani Road at 9 Mile Road is closed due to a construction-related washout.
  • J. Earle Bowden Way/399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach is closed due to flooding.
  • Rio Vista Drive is closed due to flooding.
  • To view a real-time map of Escambia County road closures 24/7, visit www.myescambia.com/roadissuesmap.
  • City of Pensacola road closures can be viewed here.
  • For the latest closures and updates, travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines and online at www.FL511.com. For more information, follow FDOT on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.


Health Advisory -Water Related
Activities

  • The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority reports that a power-failure related to Hurricane Nate has resulted in the release of an unknown amount of partially-treated effluent into the Santa Rosa Sound. FDOH-Escambia advises against any water-related activities due to the potential for high bacteria levels. FDOH-Escambia wants to emphasize that inland surface waters may be affected with potentially high bacteria counts due to possible storm-related damage to area sewage or septic systems.
  • FDOH-Escambia has also issued a health advisory and advises against engaging in any water-related activities at the following locations due to the potential for high bacteria levels.
    - Bayou Texar at Bayview Park
    - Bayou Chico at Lakewood Park
    - Bayou Grande at Navy Point Park
    - Big Lagoon State Park
    - Quiet Water Beach
    - Sanders Beach

Pensacola International Airport

  • Pensacola International Airport will remain closed Sunday, Oct. 8. Normal operations are expected to resume beginning Monday, Oct. 9.


County & City Offices/Courts

  • All county offices will be open Monday, Oct. 8 for normal business hours.
  • City of Pensacola offices will be open Monday, Oct. 8 for normal business hours.
  • The judicial system is open Monday, Oct. 8 for normal business hours.
  • All Escambia County Tax Collector’s offices are closed Monday Oct. 9, for a planned Professional Development Day.


Parks & Recreation

  • The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier is open.
  • The Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge will open 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • Escambia County Parks crews will begin picking up small limbs and various small blown loose debris starting Monday, Oct. 9 across the county park system. Crews will also pick up washed up debris at the water’s edge at county boat ramps and public water access areas.


Schools, Colleges & Universities

  • Pensacola State College will resume normal operations, activities and class schedules on Monday, Oct. 9.
  • Monday, Oct. 9 is a scheduled professional development day for Escambia County School District teachers and staff, students do not attend school on this date.
  • All UWF locations will be closed Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon through Monday, Oct. 9. This includes all classes, events, campus activities and online courses. Normal university operations, classes, events and campus activities will resume Tuesday, Oct. 10.


Shelters

  • Shelters are closed.

Utilities

Mass Transit

  • ECAT is not is service Sunday, Oct. 8. Drivers are on standby to help shelterees return home as needed. Service, including Routes 59X and 64 Beach Jumper will resume Monday, Oct. 9.
  • Escambia County Community Transportation will resume normal services Monday, Oct. 9.
  • UWF Trolley service will resume service Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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