After clearing over 1,100 public and private roadways and ensuring that school bus routes and bus stops are safe for students, Leon County and the County’s debris contractors have collected 12,871 tons of debris.
Leon County is removing debris along public and private roadways according to zones. Upon the completion of the first pass for debris collection county-wide, a second pass will commence by zone to ensure that all of the debris has been removed from the roadways. The County's EIP will be updated accordingly to provide the latest information on debris removal efforts.
Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19, 56 debris removal trucks and trailers are currently in the field collecting debris in the areas of:
Zone #1: Meridian Road/Meridian Hills, Killearn Lakes, Golden Eagle, Millwood areas
Zone #2: Oakfair, Arendell, and Lafayette Oaks
Zone #3: Buck Lake Road Area/Vineyards
Zone #4: Old Bainbridge Road (North of 27) and Lakeshore area
Zone #5: Riverwood, Hopkins, Lakewood, Pineridge, Sandstone subdivisions
Next, we will collect debris in the areas listed below. An update will be provided on Friday, October 19.
Zone #1: Sable Chase, McBride Hills, Arrowhead Estates
Zone #2: Arvah Branch, Midyette Plantation, Hillwood
Zone #3: Groveland Hills, Rhodes Subdivision, Woodville Terrace
Zone #4: Hawks Nest, Bobbin Brook, Lake Jackson Estates
Zone #5: Huntington Estates, Edinburg Estates, Whispering Pines
For more information on debris collection activities, visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI/Debris .
Following Hurricane Michael, Leon County homeowners are now eligible for temporary repairs under Operation Blue Roof, a program offered by the State of Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Responders from the Corps began operations this week in Bay County. Now, eligible homeowners in Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, and Washington counties who sustained roof damage can apply for assistance.
Homeowners who wish to apply must complete a right-of-entry (ROE) form to allow the Corps and its contractors to access the property. The ROE form can be completed online at www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof .
Only primary residences that have standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired as practical on a case-by-case basis, and roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
Renters must obtain legal permission from the owner for installation of a blue roof. They must also get legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.
On Thursday, October 18, the Salvation Army will be conducting mobile feeding operations in Leon County's Ft. Braden area. With the agency's mobile canteen, Salvation Army volunteers will be driving around distributing meals to households in need throughout Ft. Braden. There is no fixed address for food distribution. All other past distribution sites are closed.
Also, Salvation Army will be distributing boxes of food at their Tallahassee office located at 2410 Allen Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food boxes include bread, canned goods, and other items, and boxes are limited and one-time only. For more information, call 850.575.9798.
For citizens with continuing needs following Hurricane Michael, 2-1-1 Big Bend can provided much needs referral services to local human services agencies. Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information.
Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance.
Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals. For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org .
FEMA's Rumor Control Page
FEMA has created a rumor control page for Hurricane Michael that will be updated regularly.
Tallahassee Area Business Status Reporter
To view a list of businesses open in our area, visit Tallahassee Area Business Status Reporter, which allows businesses and customers to report opening and closures of businesses.
To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Michael, Comcast is opening its network more than 8,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the Florida Panhandle, including in Tallahassee, Panama City, Panama City Beach and surrounding areas, and the Dothan, Alabama area, to anyone to use for free, including non-Xfinity customers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, visit Xfinity.com/wifi. Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their Comcast account usernames and passwords and they will be automatically connected to available Xfinity WiFi hotspots whenever they’re in range. Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the bottom of the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours.
2-1-1 Big Bend
If you need community information or crisis support any day of the year, 2-1-1 Big Bend is reachable by dialing either 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333.
The Florida Department of Financial Services offers a toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline to assist Florida's insurance consumers. Insurance Specialists are available to answer questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage and advocate on a consumer's behalf to resolve a dispute with an insurance company. To receive assistance, call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) toll-free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Verify contractor licenses: visit www.myfloridalicense.com, call (850) 487-1395, or download the free DBPR mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play app store.
Leon County to Waive Permit Fees to Rebuild
To help the community rebuild after Hurricane Michael, Leon County will waive building permit fees for storm-related repairs. Citizens and contractors may begin storm related repairs immediately and apply for the necessary permits afterwards and removal of storm-damaged trees.
Starting Tuesday, October 16, those interested in the waiver should contact Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org .
To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be the homeowner or a licensed contractor.
Typical storm-related repairs are roof repairs and roof replacement including associated structural repair, window and door replacement, and other minor structural repairs associated with wind or tree damage. All electrical related repairs required due to storm damage should be completed by a licensed contractor.
As a reminder, you should always make sure that your contractor is licensed by the State of Florida. The licensing process protects property owners from incompetent or dishonest contractors.
A list of licensed contractors can be found at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/ or by calling the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at (850) 487-1395 once State offices reopen.
To help the community clean up and recover from Hurricane Michael, citizens can take advantage of extended hours and free-of-charge service for yard debris at the following Leon County Solid Waste facilities.
Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility and Rural Waste Site / Yard Debris Collection
7550 Apalachee Parkway
Hours of Operation
Sunday, October 14 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, October 15 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 18 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, October 19 - open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Leon County Rural Waste Collection sites
Woodville, 549 Henry Jones Road
Fort Braden, 2485 East Joe Thomas Road
Miccosukee, 13051 Miccosukee Road
Hours of Operation
Sunday, October 14 - open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, October 15 - closed
Tuesday, October 16 - closed
Wednesday, October 17 - closed
Thursday, October 18 - closed
Friday, October 19 - open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 - open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 - open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A further update on operations and times will be provided no later than Friday, October 19.
For more information, visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/SolidWaste or call Leon County Solid Waste Management at (850) 606-1800 during normal business hours. For emergency information, visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei .