Palm Coast - Palm Coast city leaders are still closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian. As of now, the storm has delivered five inches of rain to the city.
Department directors are regularly reporting updates at the City EOC. So far, water and sewer services are operating normally without any issues and canals, which were lowered prior to the storm, are still below normal levels. Firefighters are responding to EMS calls and coordinating with FPL for downed power line calls.
"Our preparation for this storm was top-notch," said Fire Chief Jerry Forte. "In an event like this, every single city employee is essential personnel and they did their part to ensure this city can get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We prepared for the worst and are glad that the worst never happened. We're urging caution as the effects from this storm will still be felt throughout Wednesday."
The biggest risk right now is traffic - residents getting out of their homes and driving around. Another risk is trees that have pulled down power lines. We ask that people stay home as we are still under a hurricane warning and storm conditions can reduce visibility.
Once Dorian passes later today, firefighters will visit nearly 100 assisted living facilities to conduct a welfare check and provide any assistance they may need. Community Development will begin damage assessments first thing Thursday morning.
"We are so fortunate," said Mayor Milissa Holland, "that this storm wasn't as serious as it could have been for Palm Coast. Our hearts are with everyone that was impacted by this storm, especially those in the Bahamas. I am proud of our city and how prepared we were for this storm and am grateful for all of the sacrifices that were made to keep Palm Coast safe."
City offices will reopen Thursday and Friday for normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garbage collection will resume normal pickups on Thursday and Friday with a special yard debris pickup day on Saturday for any storm debris.
Parks and recreation facilities will remain closed through Thursday, Sept. 5. This includes all scheduled activities, facility reservations, and tee times through that day.
The City Council Special Budget meeting from Wednesday, Sept. 4 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:05 p.m.