Hurricane Ian Update #5

Last updated on September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022 – ORLANDO, FL – At a press conference today at 2:00 p.m., Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando issued the following information to keep the community informed and up to date on Hurricane Ian recovery -  


The City of Orlando experienced historic flooding throughout the city due to the amount of rain. Many areas of the city experienced water in excess of 14 inches. This water must recede naturally reiterating the shelter in place precautions as these bodies of water can be electrically charged and/or contain debris. 

Orlando Fire Department firefighters and Orlando Police officers continue to assess area flooding and conduct residential rescues as needed. Both agencies are working alongside Orange County and Lynx to provide transport for impacted families. 


The City of Orlando’s Public Works staff are currently removing trees, including 49 known trees blocking roadways at this time.  


The City of Orlando Transportation Engineering staff continues to work to restore power at impacted traffic lights. At this time, there are 20 devices without power, 35 with flashing lights and 230 without communication. This is out of a total of 602 devices.  


Because of all these reasons – flooding, debris and traffic light impacts - the city continues to encourage residents to shelter in place. If you must travel out, do not drive through standing water and treat downed traffic lights as four-way stops. 


The current plan for debris and trash pickup, if water recedes to allow for solid waste vehicles to operate safely is as follows: 

The city will begin debris pick up will begin tomorrow, September 30, 2022. Residents can help expedite the yard waste collection process by doing the following: 

  • Place debris at the curb, not in the street 

  • Bag and bundle yard waste 

  • Separate yard waste and building materials  

Residential and commercial trash pickup on Saturday, October 1, 2022. This will cover skipped pickups from Wednesday, September 28. Thursday skipped pickups will be Sunday, October 2, 2022. 


The City’s Wastewater Treatment plant is currently operating above capacity and residents are encouraged to restrict water usage in their homes as much as possible, including refraining from doing laundry, washing dishes, taking showers/baths and flushing toilets. Additional water usage like this will put more pressure on these systems and could lead to sewage overflows. 


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Ian. Survey responses will allow the state of Florida to expedite Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses. Businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey at

The Citizen Information Line – 407-246- HELP (4357) - remains open and operational.  Residents are encouraged to call this line to report damage, downed trees, traffic lights that are out and to get information from the city on response efforts.   

Residents can stay informed and get information from the City of Orlando through the website and on social media at: 


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