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St. Lucie County Closes Public Information Hotlines

Post Date:10/07/2016 4:23 PM

 While the impacts of Hurricane Matthew are still be calculated throughout the area, St. Lucie County officials were relieved Friday that the storm did not have the major impacts that forecasters were projecting. Evaluations and inspections of county roads, facilities, parks and preserves will be ongoing; however, it appears that most assets were not severly damaged.

Public Safety officials were also pleased that residents followed evacuation orders and took the necessary precautions to secure their families and properties. St. Lucie County and the American Red Cross have closed the six general public shelters, which opened Thursday night housing 1,829 residents. The Special Needs Shelter, which housed 128 patients, is still in the process wrapping up operations.

The Public Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will cease operations at 5 p.m. today. 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.

However, residents and businesses should not expect to receive major assistance from state or federal agencies in the way of food, ice or tarps, as many retail stores and gas stations were open for business Friday afternoon.   

St. Lucie County preserves and the Oxbow Eco-Center will remain closed until further notice, as crews need time to inspect trails. Government offices will reopen Monday, Oct. 10, while all St. Lucie County Branch Libraries are closed and will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Community-wide post-storm repairs and recovery call for continued safety precautions from the general public. Residents operating portable generators are reminded to keep them outside in well ventilate areas. Additionally, people should avoid standing water, downed or damaged power lines/structures and protect themselves against a potential increase in mosquito populations. There are still several intersections without working traffic lights. Motorists are reminded to treat these intersections as four-way stops.

For additional post-Hurricane Matthew information visit St. Lucie County’s website (www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane) and social media sites (www.facebook.com/StLucieGov and Twitter @StLucieGov).

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