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, 32 debris removal trucks and 28 trailers for a total of 60 debris hauling resources in the field collecting debris through Sunday, October 21 in the areas of:
Zone #1: Killearn Lakes,Golden Eagle, Meridian Hills,Millwood
Zone #2: Oakfair, Arendell, Lafayette Oaks
Zone #3: Buck Lake Road/Vineyards
Zone #4: Old Bainbridge N of 27, Lakeshore area
Zone #5: Riverwood, Hopkins, Lakewood, Pineridge, Sandstone
By Sunday, October 21, we will begin collecting debris in the areas listed below. An update will be provided on Monday, October 22.
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 .
Due to storm-related repairs following Hurricane Michael, Leon County's J. Lee Vause Park will remain closed until Monday, October 29. All other County parks remain open for use.
Applying for FEMA Individual Assistance
Leon County has been designated for Individual Assistance for damages caused by Hurricane Michael, meaning county and city residents are now eligible to apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funds to help recover.
Individual Assistance provides a broad range of disaster assistance resources to eligible residents, such as the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged homes. Families impacted by Hurricane Michael can also apply for additional financial support for child care, medical, dental, vehicle damage and damages to essential household items.
Residents who have suffered damage directly related to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to file a claim with their insurance right away.
To apply for Individual Disaster Assistance, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Residents without internet access can visit any Leon County library or City of Tallahassee community center.
The deadline to apply is December 10, 2018.
FEMA's Rumor Control Page
FEMA has created a rumor control page for Hurricane Michael that will be updated regularly.
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.
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.
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 .