September 30, 2022 – ORLANDO, FL – The City of Orlando is issuing the following information to keep the community informed and updated on Hurricane Ian recovery -
RAINFALL & FLOODING:
Orlando experienced historic flooding throughout the city due to the amount of rain. Many areas of the city experienced rainfall in excess of 14 inches. This water must recede naturally. There are risks associated with flooded waterways, which may endanger resident health as there is a potential for water to contain debris and be mixed with raw sewage. The City of Orlando urges residents to not swim, paddle, kayak, boat and take part in other water recreation sports in flooded waterways.
DEBRIS & TRASH PICKUP:
Residential storm debris pick up is underway. 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
- Yard waste should not be burned due to inherent dangers
Residential trash and recycling collection will resume its normal schedule Monday, October 3, 2022. Trash collection is not able to start sooner due to the Orange County landfill being closed. Residents who did not receive service this past Wednesday – Friday due to the storm will be serviced next week on their regularly scheduled days.
SEWAGE SYSTEM IMPACTS:
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.
Homeowners and renters in the City of Orlando who were affected by Hurricane Ian may apply for FEMA disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov
, by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the FEMA mobile app. Residents may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the storm.
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 can complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey at www.FloridaDisaster.biz
TREES IMPACTING ROADWAYS:
City of Orlando Parks staff are currently removing trees, including a few that are blocking roadways at this time.
City of Orlando Transportation Engineering staff continues to work to restore power at impacted traffic lights. At this time, there are 11 devices without power, 22 with flashing lights and 137 without communication. This is out of a total of 602 devices.
City of Orlando parks remain closed until they can be fully assessed. Parks will be opened as they are deemed safe to use.
Lake Eola Park is still experiencing high water levels but the walkway surrounding the lake is cleared and the playground and restrooms are open.
Bill Frederick Park is scheduled to open Saturday, October 1, 2022, at noon but several amenities will be closed (disc golf, lake activities, drone zone, overnight rentals and volleyball courts) until further notice.
Other parks clear of water and debris can be used unless signs indicate a closure.
The following City of Orlando Neighborhood Centers and Recreation facilities will be open and operational Saturday:
- College Park
- Jackson Center
- Orlando Tennis Center
- Dover Shores
- Orlando Skate Park
- Smith Center
Other centers will be opened as they are deemed to be safe for residents to use.
CITY SERVICES AND CITY HALL:
City Hall and other facilities will reopen Monday, October 3, 2022, during their normal business hours. City services will also resume normal operations Monday.
PARKING GARAGE FEES RESUMING:
The City of Orlando waived parking fees for the following garages on Wednesday for residents who wanted to park their car in a covered garage during the storm.
- Central Boulevard Garage, 53 West Central Boulevard
- Jefferson Street Garage, 62 West Jefferson Street
- Library Garage, 112 East Central Boulevard
- Orange County Administration Garage, 300 Liberty Avenue
Parking garage fees will again be collected and all cars parked there for the storm should be removed by 8 p.m. on Friday.
CITIZEN INFORMATION LINE:
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: