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Miami-Dade County begins recovery and clean-up efforts

MIAMI (September 11, 2017)

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel. The curfew of 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. is in effect until further notice.

Debris removal and power restoration are top priority. County personnel continue damage assessment and clearing roadways.

More than 960,000 homes lost power and as of this morning, Florida Power and Light have reported 150,000 homes are already restored. Additionally, residents are being warned that all downed power lines should be treated as live power lines. For those residents without power and are using generators, ensure that you do not run generators inside or in an enclosed space. Generators need to operate in a well-ventilated area, away from windows and people.

Approximately 60% of the County’s traffic signals are out. The Department of Transportation and Public Works are working to get those restored as quickly as possible. For those who must venture out during non-curfew hours, please remember that inoperative traffic signals should be treated as four-way stops.  For information about road closures residents can call Florida 511.

Miami-Dade County is working with food stores and gas stations to bring them back online as quickly as possible. Residents can check our website www.miamidade.gov/emergency for store openings.

Water in Miami-Dade County is still safe to drink. There is no boil-water order at this time. If you experience very low pressure, which is normally caused by down trees, it is recommended to proactively boil your water prior to drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes or making ice when service is restored.

Metrorail garages are now opened. County residents who parked their cars there can now pick them up if they can get to the garages safely. Metrobus, Metrorail, or Metromover are not in-service today.

Neighborhood trash and recycling centers remain closed.

Miami International Airport is currently closed with plan to re-open by late tomorrow.

PortMiami remains closed until tomorrow.

Miami-Dade County shelters will be consolidating and closing shelters as needed.

Miami-Dade County offices are closed through Wednesday. Essential emergency County employees have been contacted and are working to aid in the recovery efforts. All other County employees need to make every effort possible to contact their supervisors.

Residents may access official Miami-Dade County emergency information at www.miamidade.gov/emergency, call the 311 Contact Center or follow us @MiamiDadeCounty on Twitter and Facebook.