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Hurricane Ian Update – Storm Update, Evacuations, Waste Pickup, and Other Information

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – A Tropical Storm Watch and a Flood Watch are in effect in Alachua County. Strong winds, extreme flooding, and flash flooding are large concerns for Alachua County. Torrential rainfall in rain bands will move up from the south today and continue into Friday. Extreme river and tributary flooding is possible. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous. Driving conditions could become hazardous with heavy winds, rainfall, and flooded roads. Numerous downed trees, power outages, and damage to structures and mobile homes are possible. Isolated tornadoes are possible.

View the latest slides from the National Weather Services in Jacksonville.

Evacuation is ordered for those residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes, recreational vehicles, and homes that may not survive the storm, along with those living in low-lying areas or those in proximity to bodies of water. View the Emergency Order 2022-02 Hurricane Ian Evacuation Order.

All Alachua County Parks and Preserves are closed until further notice.

Alachua County’s residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling, and yard trash will be picked up today, but no waste collection will occur on Thursday. All facilities (Transfer Station, HazWaste, and MRF) within the Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be open today until noon and closed on Thursday.

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The Regional Transit System will offer reduced service today until conditions become unsafe. 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 unusable 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.

Flooding brings the danger of contaminated wells. View the Florida Department of Health’s Boil Water Notice GuidelinesClick here for generator, water, and electrical safety information.

Alachua County has activated the 311 Critical Information Line (or call 352-264-6557) for questions and rumor control. This number cannot receive texts. Please use 911 for bona fide emergencies only.

Residents are encouraged to have a basic emergency supply kit and an emergency preparedness plan and to register for emergency alerts by texting ALACHUA TO 888-777.

See the latest from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville (This link is updated regularly). Visit Alachua County Ready for local updates.

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