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Hurricane Ian Update  #3

Press release from City of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the safety of our neighbors and employees as Hurricane Ian approaches, City offices will be closed tomorrow, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30.

Gainesville Regional Utilities’ lobby and drive-thru also will be closed tomorrow through Friday, and GRU has suspended customer disconnections for nonpayment through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Alachua County is under a Tropical Storm Watch and a Flood Watch, and conditions are expected to deteriorate with tropical storm force winds stronger than 39 mph beginning overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.

Sandbag operations:

  • Pre-made sandbags continue to be available at the Public Works administration building at 405 NW 39th Avenue until 4 p.m. today.
  • To best manage traffic to the Public Works facility, City officials ask neighbors to adjust their routes and drive north on NW 6th Street, turning right (east) on NW 13th Street.
  • Sandbags also will be available tomorrow, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Public Works facility. A limit of 10 filled sandbags per vehicle can be picked up at this location.
  • At Citizens Field, 1000 NE Waldo Rd., sand and bags for filling are available until 4 p.m. today and will be available tomorrow, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Please bring a shovel or trowel to fill sandbags to the Citizens Field location. A limit of 10 bags for filling will be provided per vehicle. To best manage traffic to this site, please access the site from NE 12th Avenue via Waldo Road, or travel south on NE 15th Street via NE 16th Avenue.
  • For information about sandbags outside Gainesville city limits, contact your local municipality or visit the Alachua County website.

Facilities:

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  • The City is offering free parking at the SW Parking Garage, based on availability, beginning today at 5 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 30 for neighbors who need to store their vehicles in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian.

RTS operations:

  • The City’s Regional Transit System will offer reduced service beginning tomorrow, Sept.28, until further notice.
  • Routes 9, 12, 20, 21, 23, 28, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, and 118 will operate less frequently, and Routes 76 and 78 will not be in service. Service will stop when sustained winds reach 35 mph or roadways become inoperable due to flooding.
  • Additional information is available on the GNVrideRTS app (rideRTS.app), on the RTS Facebook page, or the RTS website, www.go-rts.com.

Refuse Collection:

  • Residential trash collection has been suspended only on Thursday, Sept. 29. Neighbors are asked not to set containers or items curbside that day.

Telephone Town Hall:

  • The mayor and city leaders are hosting a telephone town hall tonight at 6 p.m. to keep neighbors informed about local storm preparations. Dial-in details can be found here.

These emergency management updates are available online at www.safeGNV.org

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