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City of Port St. Lucie Tropical Storm Nicole Advisories

November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022, 2:07 PM
City of Port St. Lucie Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory 5

While Tropical Storm Nicole advances north, Port St. Lucie administrative facilities will reopen Monday, Nov. 14, during normal hours of operation, as City facilities remain closed Friday, Nov. 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Closures & Openings

The following facilities will reopen Friday November 11th according to these hours:

  • Community Fitness & Wellness Center (7:00 AM to 12:00 noon)
  • Recreation & Fitness at MIDFLORIDA Event Center (7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
  • Community Center (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • The Saints Golf Course (sunrise to sunset)
  • All City parks will reopen (neighborhood parks: 8:00 AM to sunset; community parks: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM with a 9:30 PM sports lighting curfew ), EXCLUDING:
    • Boardwalk from Tom Hooper Park to Veterans Park at Rivergate is cordoned off and closed to the public until water recedes to the level where staff can thoroughly assess.
    • Boat ramps at C-24 Canal Park and Veterans Park at Rivergate are closed to the public until further notice until water recedes to the level where staff can thoroughly assess.
    • Many City parks, ball fields may not be playable due to saturated conditions.
    • NOTE: Ball fields at Whispering Pines Park will not re-open to the public until Saturday, November 12th, to allow fields time to dry.

Weekend events planned

  • November 11th: Veterans Day Service at the Community Center
  • November 12th: Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens  
  • November 12th:
    • San Juan Festival & Business Expo at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center
    • Macey’s Believers Gala at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center
    • Tickets are available at MIDFLORIDAeventcenter.com.

Flood/road closures: There are currently no road closures or flooding to report.

Public Works: All primary roadways, traffic signals, traffic signage, water control structures and drainage outfalls were assessed for damages associated with Tropical Storm Nicole. At this time, we are not aware of any roadways, traffic infrastructure or drainage infrastructure being compromised, and they are safe for the traveling public. Additionally, all stormwater systems are at normal control elevation or slightly higher with no obstructions, and we expect the areas slightly over control elevation to be back at control for the season within 48 hours.

Power outages: To report or check the status of an outage, call 800-4-OUTAGE (800-468-8243). Immediately report dangerous conditions such as a downed power line. Learn more by visiting Florida Power & Light’s website at www.fpl.com.

If a resident lost power and is using a portable generator, please follow all safety tips. Do not operate indoors. Do not refuel the generator while it is hot or still running. For more tips, visit https://bit.ly/3LSYkVC 

Solid waste collections: To help expedite the collection process, residents are asked to please consider holding off on unnecessary trimming to allow FCC Environmental Services to dispose of the yard waste currently curbside. Residents are also asked to be patient as it might take multiple trips with various pieces of equipment to collect any extra vegetation left behind from the storm.

  • Due to the storm, all solid waste services were suspended today, Thursday, November 10th. 
  • Thursday’s customers: FCC is scheduled to collect garbage, recycling and yard waste on Friday, November 11th. 
  • Friday’s customers: FCC is scheduled to collect garbage, recycling and yard waste on Saturday, November 12th. 
  • Place carts at the curb no later than 7:00 AM, but no earlier than 6:00 PM the evening prior to collection. 

To learn more, click on the severe weather tips and questions at www.CityofPSL.com/SolidWaste

Vegetative debris drop-off: On Saturday, November 12th, the City’s Voluntary Drop-off Center will reopen. Residents are encouraged to dispose of yard and bulky waste, seven days a week, from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (or dusk). The center is located at the the corner of Cameo Boulevard and Crosstown Parkway, behind the green, fenced-in area, just west of Florida’s Turnpike overpass.

Police Department: High winds can take down branches and powerlines, disabling traffic lights. If a driver encounters a traffic light that is not working properly, they are asked to use caution.

  • Flashing red: Treat as a stop sign
  • Flashing yellow: Proceed slowly through the intersection
  • No signal: Treat as a four-way stop

Utility Systems customers: Utility Systems staff is currently inspecting all facilities and assessing any damage that may have been caused by the storm. Technicians are in the field and responding to calls for service, and Connection Support Specialists are available if you have any questions or issues regarding your water or sewer service by calling 772-873-6400.

Public Transit: All ART Transit services will be suspended Thursday, November 10th. Services will resume Friday, November 11th (Veteran’s Day).

MIDFLORIDA Event Center: The MIDFLORIDA Event Center, 9221 SE Event Center Place, will reopen Saturday, November 12th.

Building Department: Building inspections will resume Monday, November 14th. To schedule an inspection, visit www.cityofpsl.com/building.

Emergency Management: Coordinating damage assessments and documenting projects that would be eligible for federally funded restoration assistance. This information will be shared with St. Lucie County and ultimately presented to the Federal Government for review.

Damages: If residents experience personal property damage from Hurricane Nicole, report it to St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management officials using the damage assessment portal.

1PSL/Hotlines: Residents can contact the City through its 1PSL customer service system at 772-871-1775 or through the 1PSL app. St. Lucie County’s EOC hotline is 772-460-HELP. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.

Stay Informed: For up-to-the-minute updates, check the City’s dedicated website www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole. This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more. Residents also are encouraged to follow the City on the City’s social media sites, Facebook (@CityofPSL), Twitter (@CityPortStLucie) and Nextdoor, as information changes quickly. Residents also can sign up to receive phone calls, text messages or emails from the City


November 9, 2022, 5:54 PM
City of Port St. Lucie Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory #4

As Tropical Storm Nicole approaches, the City of Port St. Lucie is staged and ready to respond. City staff is preparing for the potential of flooding and is encouraging residents to avoid driving in severe weather conditions. Conditions are expected to deteriorate overnight and into the morning. Our area is expected to experience the start of winds and waves increasing with tropical storm gusts occurring overnight.

Click here for an important message from Mayor Shannon Martin & Chief John A. Bolduc.

Below are important points of information the City would like residents to keep in mind:

Flood/road closures

Nothing to report as of 5:00 PM

Evacuations

Voluntary evacuations are in effect for Zone A & B. These areas include the barrier island, low-lying areas along the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon and those living in manufactured/mobile homes and RVs. St. Lucie County’s evacuation zones can be found online at: www.stlucieco.gov/departments-and-services/public-safety/shelter-evacuation-info 

Open shelters

  • Special Needs Shelter: Havert L. Fenn, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, FL. 34982  
  • Pet-Friendly Shelter / General Population Shelter: Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Fort Pierce, FL. 34947  
  • General Population Shelter: Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34953  

Police

Officers will continue to provide Citywide protection, security, traffic control, and other law enforcement services to ensure a safe environment during Tropical Storm Nicole. Please remember to call 911 if you need a police officer, however, as the weather deteriorates, the Police Department will prioritize calls and some minor calls for service may not warrant a response if it is determined to be too dangerous to respond.

Driving safety tips

Driving in severe weather conditions can significantly increase the potential for a dangerous situation. Sometimes the best decision drivers can make is to stay put until the storm passes. If driving is the only option, buckle up, and follow these rules to ensure safety:

  • TURN LIGHTS AND WIPERS ON. Florida law requires that if a vehicle’s wipers are in use, headlights must be on. To ensure high visibility, headlights should be clean and clear and wipers should be replaced at least once a year.

  • SLOW DOWN. Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles and avoid passing and/or changing lanes. Wet pavement can result in skidding and hydroplaning. Be patient and stay alert. Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

  • TURN AROUND; DON’T DROWN. Never drive through flooded areas. The area of roadway beneath the water may be washed out or may conceal debris or even power lines.

  • BE CAUTIOUS OF HIGH WINDS. Windy conditions are a driving risk to all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles such as buses and trucks. Use extra caution around vehicles carrying cargo. Strong wind can occur anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces, including bridges and highway overpasses. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and give large vehicles extra room to maneuver.

  • BE PREPARED FOR INOPERABLE TRAFFIC LIGHTS. Traffic lights are designed to keep traffic moving and prevent collisions; however, non-working or missing lights can be a source of confusion for drivers. If a law enforcement officer is present, follow their directions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as if it were a four-way stop sign. If traffic lights are flashing red, come to a complete stop and treat the intersection as a four-way stop. If lights are flashing yellow, proceed with caution and be prepared to yield to oncoming traffic.

Closures

All City parks remain closed to the public. While both Veterans Park at Rivergate and C-24 Canal Park are closed to the public (pavilions, boardwalks, restrooms), the boat ramps at Veterans Park at Rivergate and C-24 Canal Park remain open to the public. However, due to tidal changes and wind, the water level is significantly rising which may impact boat owners from using the ramps. We urge anyone using the boat ramps to use caution as they secure their vessels.

All ART Transit services will be suspended Thursday, November 10th. Services will resume Friday, November 11th (Veteran’s Day).

For all public closures in the City of Port St. Lucie visit www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole

Waste Collection/Code Enforcement

Due to anticipated weather issues, solid waste services will be impacted:

  • All solid waste services will be suspended Thursday, November 10th.
  • Thursday customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Friday, November 11th.
  • Friday’s customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Saturday, November 12th.
  • The Voluntary Drop-Off Site, on the corner of Cameo Boulevard and Crosstown Parkway, will be closed Wednesday, November 9th through Friday, November 11th. The site will reopen Saturday, November 12th and will continue to be available for residential yard and bulk waste seven days a week, from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (or dusk).

Residents are being asked not to trim trees or put out large piles of yard waste as they might not be collected before the storm. Residents also should avoid placing out large piles of trash or bulky items until the storm passes. If a resident has a pile at the curb, and it’s not picked up before the storm, they are asked to please ensure it is secured. To learn more, click on the severe weather tips and questions at www.CityofPSL.com/SolidWaste.

1PSL/Hotlines: Residents can contact the City through its 1PSL customer service system at 772-871-1775 or through the 1PSL app. St. Lucie County’s EOC hotline is 772-460-HELP. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.

Stay Informed: For up-to-the-minute updates, check the City’s dedicated website www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole. This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more. Residents also are encouraged to follow the City on the City’s social media sites, Facebook (@CityofPSL), Twitter (@CityPortStLucie) and Nextdoor, as information changes quickly. Residents also can sign up to receive phone calls, text messages or emails from the City


November 9, 2022, 12:20 PM

City of Port St. Lucie Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory #3

In preparation and response to Tropical Storm Nicole, the Port St. Lucie City Council declared a local state of emergency Wednesday, November 9th. The declaration provides the City with more flexibility regarding expenditures and allocating resources, which may be necessary for localized street flooding, and the potential for wind damage caused by strong wind gusts and tornadoes.

Stay informed: For up-to-the-minute updates, please check the City’s dedicated website www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole. This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more. Residents also are encouraged to follow the City on the City’s social media sites, including Facebook (@CityofPSL), Twitter (@CityPortStLucie) and Nextdoor, as information changes quickly. Residents also can sign up to receive text messages or emails from the City.

Prior to the arrival of this storm, it is important to heed the warnings of local and state public officials; staying informed and understanding the situation can make a difference to you and your family's safety! A good source to monitor is the National Hurricane Center’s webpage at www.nhc.noaa.gov

Below are important points of information the City would like residents to keep in mind:

Swales - Help keep the water flowing.

It is normal for water to be in the swale area, especially during the rainy season (May-November). Please allow seven days without further rainfall for the water to recede before submitting a request for service. Learn more at youtu.be/nR-2SRBCGjY

Did you know that a properly maintained swale will help prevent stormwater flooding? Residents can help by removing sediment and debris from the liner and removing obstructions that could block stormwater flow such as basketballs, kids’ toys and furniture. Remember, dumping grass clippings and other vegetative debris into the drainage system causes blockages which may result in localized flooding.

Water & sewer

Please be sure to conserve water during this time. No power outages have been reported, however, if you experience a loss in power, be patient as your power may return quickly and your sewer system will still function as normal. Should you lose power for an extended period of time, please continue to conserve water and call Connection Support at 772-873-6400 to report the outage.

Please be aware that Utility Systems staff will not be dispatched to respond to calls for service if wind speeds exceed 39 miles per hour. The safety of our staff is the number one priority, and employees will return to the field once it is safe to do so.

  • To get information about your grinder and preventing sewer backups click here.
  • Watch this video for important information about your water and wastewater systems and what you should do during a storm.
  • Watch this video to learn more about how your low-pressure wastewater disposal system works.

Police

The Port St. Lucie Police Department has activated its Hurricane Operations Plan. Officers will continue to provide City wide protection, security, traffic control, and other law enforcement services to ensure a safe environment during Tropical Storm Nicole. Please remember to call 911 if you need a police officer, however, as the weather deteriorates, the Police Department will prioritize calls and some minor calls for service may not warrant a response if it is determined to be too dangerous to respond.

Residents are asked to be careful driving in rain or wet conditions and to turn your car around if you encounter flooded streets before, during, and after storms.

Closures

Nothing new to report. For all closures in the City of Port St. Lucie visit www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole

Waste Collection/Code Enforcement

Due to anticipated weather issues, solid waste services will be impacted:

  • Garbage will be collected Wednesday, November 9th for Wednesday customers. Recycling and yard waste will not be collected. This will allow FCC Environmental Services to concentrate all resources on collecting household garbage before the storm.
  • All solid waste services will be suspended Thursday, November 10th.
  • Thursday customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Friday, November 11th.
  • Friday’s customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Saturday, November 12th.
  • The Voluntary Drop-Off Site, on the corner of Cameo Boulevard and Crosstown Parkway, will be closed Wednesday, November 9th through Friday, November 11th. The site will reopen Saturday, November 12th and will continue to be available for residential yard and bulk waste seven days a week, from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (or dusk).

Residents are being asked not to trim trees or put out large piles of yard waste as they might not be collected before the storm. Residents also should avoid placing out large piles of trash or bulky items until the storm passes. If a resident has a pile at the curb, and it’s not picked up before the storm, they are asked to please ensure it is secured. To learn more, click on the severe weather tips and questions at www.CityofPSL.com/SolidWaste.

All temporary signs, whether on public or private property, should be removed before the storm makes landfall.

Emergency Management – The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2. This means the City is coordinating and collaborating internally and with external partners as storm related issues arise.  

1PSL/Hotlines: Residents can contact the City through its 1PSL customer service system at 772-871-1775 or through the 1PSL app. St. Lucie County’s EOC hotline is 772-460-HELP. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.


November 8, 2022, 4:01 PM

City of Port St. Lucie Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory #2

The City of Port St. Lucie is closely monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Nicole and is preparing for any potential weather impacts it could bring. Due to Nicole’s impending impact, City Manager Russ Blackburn will be making an emergency declaration effective at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, November 9th.

A Special City Council meeting is scheduled for 8:00 AM Wednesday at City Hall to affirm the declaration. As a result, all City facilities, including City Hall, the MIDFLORIDA Event Center and the Community Center, will be closed Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th. In observance of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, all City facilities will be closed and will reopen Monday, November 14th during regular business hours, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The City of Port St. Lucie’s public information updates regarding Tropical Storm Nicole can be found at www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more.

The City encourages residents to monitor the National Weather Service/National Hurricane Center for the latest updates on the storm’s track and intensity. Below are important points of information the City would like residents to keep in mind:

Waste Collection/Code Enforcement
Due to anticipated weather issues, solid waste services will be impacted:

  • Garbage will be collected Wednesday, November 9th for Wednesday customers. Recycling and yard waste will not be collected. This will allow FCC Environmental Services to concentrate all resources on collecting household garbage before the storm.
  • All solid waste services will be suspended Thursday, November 10th.
  • Thursday customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Friday, November 11th.
  • Friday’s customers: FCC will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste Saturday, November 12th.
  • The Voluntary Drop-Off Site, on the corner of Cameo Boulevard and Crosstown Parkway, will be closed Wednesday, November 9th through Friday, November 11th. The site will reopen Saturday, November 12th and will continue to be available for residential yard and bulk waste seven days a week, from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (or dusk).

Residents are being asked not to trim trees or put out large piles of yard waste as they might not be collected before the storm. Residents also should avoid placing out large piles of trash or bulky items until the storm passes. If a resident has a pile at the curb, and it’s not picked up before the storm, they are asked to please ensure it is secured. To learn more, click on the severe weather tips and questions at www.CityofPSL.com/SolidWaste

All temporary signs, whether on public or private property, should be removed before the storm makes landfall.

Meetings: The following meetings have been canceled:

  • Special Magistrate Hearing (9:00 AM Wednesday, November 9th)
  • Site Plan Review Committee meeting (1:30 PM Wednesday, November 9th)
  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting (1:30 PM Thursday, November 10th)
  • NICE Neighborhood Meetings (4:00 PM Thursday, November 10th at O.L. Peacock, Sr. Park and 10:00 AM Saturday, Nov.ember 12th at Winterlakes Park)

Events: The following events have been canceled:

  • Wellness Connection (6:30 PM Thursday, November 10th at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center game room) It has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 1st at the same time and venue.
  • City U graduation (Wednesday, November 9th) will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • River Nights (5:30 PM Thursday, November 10th)
  • Devoted Health Plans (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday, November 10th at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center)
  • All recreation programs and fitness classes (Wednesday, November 9th & Thursday, November 10th).

SPECIAL NOTE: The Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park will be moved indoors to the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., at 11:00 AM Friday, November 11th. Please visit the City’s calendar for more information at www.CityofPSL.com/Calendar.

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens: The Gardens will be closed Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th. The Gardens plans to reopen at 10:00 AM Friday, November 11th. Learn more at www.pslbg.org

Parks & Recreation: All indoor facilities (Community Center, Minsky Gym, The Saints Golf Course and the MIDFLORIDA Event Center) will be closed Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th. They’re expected to reopen Friday, November 11th:

  • Community Center: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Community Fitness & Wellness Center: 8:00 AM to Noon (Veterans Day hours)
  • Humana Fitness & Wellness Center: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Veterans Day hours)
  • Minsky Gym: Closed for Veterans Day.
  • Parks & Recreation at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Veterans Day hours)
  • The Saints Golf Course: Open sunrise to sundown.

All City parks will be closed beginning at normal operating hours on Tuesday, November 8th, excluding the C-24 Canal Boat Ramp and Veterans Park at Rivergate, which will remain open throughout the duration of the storm. Only the boat ramps at C-24 Canal Park and Veterans Park Rivergate will be open to the public during this time and restrooms will be unavailable at the two parks. City parks are anticipated to reopen Friday, November 11th during normal hours.

McCarty Ranch Preserve’s campsites will be unavailable Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th.

POLICE: The department has implemented its emergency plan, effective Wednesday, November 9th. Officers will patrol at an enhanced security level.

Port St. Lucie Police ask residents not to drive unless necessary. Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles and watch your speed. Slow and steady will get you out of harm's way.
  • Avoid water-filled roads. You don’t know how deep the water is.  
  • If you come to an intersection and the lights are not operating, treat it as a four-way stop sign.

BUILDING: All building inspections have been suspended for Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th. As a reminder, there will be no inspections on Friday, November 11th as it is an observed holiday, and all City Offices will be closed.

1PSL/HOTLINES: Residents can contact the City through its 1PSL customer service system at 772-871-1775 or through the 1PSL app. St. Lucie County’s EOC hotline is 772-460-HELP. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.

CITY OF PORT ST. LUCIE INFORMATION: For up-to-the-minute updates, check the City’s dedicated website www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole. This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more. Residents also are encouraged to follow the City on the City’s social media sites, Facebook (@CityofPSL), Twitter (@CityPortStLucie) and Nextdoor, as information changes quickly. Residents also can sign up to receive phone calls, text messages or emails from the City. Registration is quick, easy and free of charge!


November 7, 2022, 4:45 PM
City of Port St. Lucie Subtropical Storm Nicole Advisory 1

The City of Port St. Lucie strives to keep residents informed with the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Subtropical Storm Nicole, which is now predicted to become a hurricane.

The City of Port St. Lucie is closely monitoring the path of Subtropical Storm Nicole and is preparing for any potential weather impacts it could bring to the City. Officials encourage residents to monitor the National Weather Service/National Hurricane Center for the latest updates on the storm track and intensity. Below are important points of information the City would like residents to keep in mind:

City’s EOC: The City’s Emergency Operations Center is taking proactive measures to prepare for all possibilities regarding Subtropical Storm Nicole. As the City prepares, we also encourage residents to do the same and monitor the situation.

Residents are urged to have their emergency plans in place for their families, pets and homes and to stay informed by visiting the National Hurricane Center for storm updates at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

If a resident’s home is older or does not have impact glass, they may want to consider putting up shutters or plywood to protect their home.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts at www.St.LucieCo.gov/alert

Waste Collection/Code Enforcement:
Residents are being asked not to trim trees or put out large piles of yard waste as they might not be collected before the storm. Residents also should avoid placing out large piles of trash or bulky items until the storm passes. If a resident has a pile at the curb and it’s not picked up before the storm, please ensure it is secured. The City of Port St. Lucie, through its solid waste hauler, will continue to provide collection and disposal services until further notice. To learn more, click on the severe weather tips and questions at www.CityofPSL.com/SolidWaste. 

All temporary signs, whether on public or private property, should be removed before the storm makes landfall.

Vegetative Debris Drop Off: All residents are encouraged to take advantage of the City's Voluntary Drop-off Center to dispose of yard and bulky waste seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or dusk). The center is located at the Public Works Complex on the corner of Cameo Boulevard and Crosstown Parkway, behind the green, fenced-in area, just west of Florida’s Turnpike overpass. The Voluntary Drop Off Site is closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.  

Building: The Building Department is reminding its construction community partners of their responsibilities to begin pre-storm preparations. All contractors are responsible to contain trash, secure all building materials and maintain clean and open swales at construction sites to help prevent flooding. Staff will begin also begin to notify contractors of the following:

  • Secure or remove all trash, debris and construction material from all construction sites.
  • Secure portable toilets in garages, when available.
  • Have all drainage areas unblocked and free to allow water to flow properly.
  • Restrict further deliveries of supplies to job sites, when possible.

Public Works: Public Works staff continues to monitor water levels and clear debris from drainage systems. The potential impact of rainfall from this storm and the expected high tides may cause water to temporarily stage in the roadways. Residents are asked to be careful driving in rainy or wet conditions; residents also are asked to keep swales free of debris such as overgrown grass and leaf litter. Learn more about what to expect with our swale and drainage system at www.CityofPSL.com/Swale

If a resident lives in a gated or private community, the common areas are considered private property; therefore, the homeowners association maintains all of the infrastructure, roadways and landscaping within the private community. For any maintenance or landscaping issues within the community, please call the homeowner associations or property management company. For residents that live inside Tradition, but not within a gated community, please contact the Tradition Community Development District.

Police Department: PSLPD is coordinating with law enforcement and emergency management partners in the county.

Parks & Recreation: Staff is preparing for the impacts of the inclement weather. The following events are affected:

  • The Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park will be moved indoors at the Port St. Lucie Community Center on Friday, November 11th at 11:00 AM.  
  • River Nights scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 5:30 PM is cancelled.

Other cancellations:

  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, November 10th at 1:30 PM is cancelled.
  • City U graduation set for Wednesday, November 9th will be rescheduled.
  • Special Magistrate Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at 9:00 AM is cancelled.
  • NICE Neighborhood Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 4:00 PM at O.L. Peacock Park is cancelled.

Utility Systems customers: Avoid the long lines to purchase water and save money, too, by filling containers with your tap water. Our water is treated by reverse osmosis and purified with minerals, like many bottled waters on the market. Here’s a link to more info about Storm Preparation and Recovery: https://utility.cityofpsl.com/get-connected/divisions/connection-support-billing/storm-preparation-recovery

The City recommends customers conserve water during a power outage, not because there will be a shortage of water, but because water going down the drain or toilet will quickly fill up your grinder or STEP tank. Without power, the wastewater cannot be pumped out of the tank.

To prevent your tank from quickly filling up, only flush when absolutely necessary, avoid taking long showers and running the dishwasher or washing machine. The Utility Systems Department will make every effort possible to pump out or pump down a customer's grinder or STEP system during the recovery period after a storm or hurricane. Here’s a link to more info about Storm Preparation and Recovery: https://utility.cityofpsl.com/get-connected/divisions/connection-support-billing/storm-preparation-recovery

The Utility Systems Department is going through pre-storm checklists and preparations and will be monitoring the storm. The goal and objective for Port St. Lucie Utility Systems is to provide safe, dependable and high-quality water and sewer services to our customers in any kind of weather. If you are experiencing any issues with your service, please call Utility Systems Connection Support at 772-873-6400.

1PSL/Hotlines: Residents can contact the City through our 1PSL customer service system at 772-871-1775 or through the 1PSL app. St. Lucie County’s EOC hotline is 772-460-HELP. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls.

City of Port St. Lucie Information: For up-to-the-minute updates, check the City’s dedicated website www.CityofPSL.com/Nicole. This site includes updates on closures, information about drainage and utilities, trash collection, City events and more. Residents also are encouraged to follow the City on the City’s social media sites, Facebook (@CityofPSL), Twitter (@CityPortStLucie) and Nextdoor, as information changes quickly. Residents also can sign up to receive phone calls, text messages or emails from the City. Registration is quick, easy and free of charge!