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The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie is issuing an advisory for high bacteria levels in the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. For more info call: 772-873-4931.

The Public Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), cease operations at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. After that time, if residents have questions about unmet needs, they can contact SAFER St. Lucie at 772-462-8224 or call 2-1-1.


Traffic

Note there are many unmanned intersections and signals offline. If you drive upon an intersection without power to the signals; treat it as a four-way stop. If you don't have to be on the roads; please stay home. These are the intersections we know about as of 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

  •  St. Lucie Boulevard / Airport Road is closed due to downed power lines. 

 

FEMA Assistance 

St. Lucie County’s 911 Call Center has received several calls from residents seeking financial assistance and/or reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relating to costs associated with Hurricane Matthew.

Residents seeking FEMA assistance should contact the federal agency directly; as local governments are not involved in the reimbursement/claims process for individuals or businesses. To see if you quality for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Matthew visit:  https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-matthew or call 800-621-3362.

Additionally, if residents plan to hire anyone to repair home damage; replace fences or install hurricane shutters as a result of Hurricane Matthew, be sure to employ a licensed and insured contractor. For a list of licensed contractors in St. Lucie County visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/planning-and-development-services/contractor-licensing

 Government Closings

St. Lucie County government offices will reopen Monday, Oct. 10. 

St. Lucie County preserves will be closed until further notice, as crews need to inspect trails. However, the following preserves have been open:

  • Oxbow Eco-Center
  • Indrio Scrub Preserve
  • Sheraton Scrub Preserve
  • Lakewood Park Preserve
  • Indrio Savannas Preserve
  • Gordy Road Recreation Area
  • Ten Mile Creek Preserve
  • George LeStrange Preserve
  • Bluefield Ranch Preserve 

St. Lucie County Libraries resume normal operations on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Libraries are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Those with overdue materials as a result of the library closure will not be charged late fees. 

County Parks and Facilities are closed until Monday, Oct. 10. North Causeway Island Park and Boat Ramp, 500 N Causeway, North Hutchinson Island, will be closed for repairs until further notice. 

Public Schools will reopen on Monday, Oct. 10.

  • The Oct. 5 Listen to the Water Lecture with Dr. Wayne Mills has been rescheduled to Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Oct. 12  Listen to the Water Lecture with Dr. Brian LaPointe has been rescheduled to Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Oxbow's Oct. 8 Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Tyke Hike events are being rescheduled.
  • St. Lucie County Master Gardener's Fall Festival & Plant Sale for Oct. 8 is being rescheduled for Nov. 5

Please use caution - there are many hanging/broken tree limbs. 

Shelters

The Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, has been deactivated as a Special Needs Shelter, which held 128 patients.

General shelters have released all 1,829 residents that took refuge by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 7. 

  • Lakewood Park Elementary School - 193 residents
  • Samuel Gaines Elementary - 306 residents
  • Treasure Coast High School - 325 residents
  • Fort Pierce Central High School - 351 residents
  • Oak Hammock Elementary - 375 residents
  • Westwood High School - 251 residents

 

Garbage / Debris Pickup

Residents and businesses in unincorporated St. Lucie County should have their hurricane debris placed by the curbside for pick up starting Monday, Oct. 10.

Vegetative debris and construction and demolition debris should be placed in two separate piles along the curbside by Monday, Oct. 10. Be sure not to place debris piles too close together or near mailboxes, light poles, fire hydrants or other structures to make it easier for Waste Pro crews to pick up all of the Hurricane Matthew debris. 

Boil Water

There are no boil water notices at this time.