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September 27, 2022
In preparation for the impact of Hurricane Ian this week, the City of St. Augustine is urging residents to prepare for flooding that is expected to exceed between three to five feet above street level in low-lying areas as early as Wednesday evening due to a forthcoming Nor’easter. With tropical storm force winds and possible hurricane force gusts, residents can also expect power outages, tree damages, and structure damage. Rain and winds are expected to last through Friday.
Due to storm preparations and recovery efforts, Solid Waste will suspend all residential and commercial recycling collections on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30. Residential yard waste routes as well as commercial garbage routes will be running as normal on Wednesday, September 28. Service will resume as soon as possible, but in the meantime, customers should secure containers and materials. Residents should not place loose trash, construction debris, recycling materials and carts curbside due to potential damages, loss of property, and obstruction of roadways and storm drains.
St. Johns County has issued an evacuation order which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, beginning at 6:00am on Wednesday, September 28, with emergency shelters opening at 12:00pm on Wednesday. A map of evacuation zones, a list of shelters, and additional emergency planning information can be found at www.SJCEmergencyManagement.com.
On Wednesday, September 28, beginning at 8:00am, the Historic Downtown Parking Facility will be open to the public, free of charge through Saturday, October 1. Downtown, city-operated pay stations will no longer charge for parking for the duration of the storm.
Starting on Wednesday, September 28, through Friday, September 30, the City of St. Augustine government offices will be closed.
Sandbag operations at Francis Field for City residents will conclude today when the supply is depleted and will resume on Wednesday for limited hours from 8:00am until 12:00 pm or until the supply is depleted. The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person. Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags. Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions.
Residents can find helpful information online at the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center website at www.SJCEmergencyManagement.org or contact the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.
City of St Augustine residents can follow www.CityStAug.com/Ian for additional city-specific updates.