Officials around Osceola County expect the aftermath from Hurricane Ian to persist for several days, at a minimum. Ian dumped 14 inches of rain, and the flow of water along Shingle, Boggy and Reedy creeks flows south from Orange County on its way through the chain of lakes to the Everglades.
“Hurricane Ian brought challenges on a scale we’ve never faced before but I’m confident that our community will rally together,” said Osceola Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington. “Osceola is resilient and I’m so proud of the way everyone is already working together to help one another and move forward. Special thanks to all staff at the county, cities, school district, utilities and more who are putting our residents and visitors first. I urge everyone to remain safe and follow recommendations as we move forward with recovery efforts.”
OFFICE CLOSURES: Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud and School District offices will all open on Monday.
Toho Water Authority (Toho) crews are currently assessing and responding to impacted areas caused by Hurricane Ian. At this time no water service outages have been reported and no precautionary boil water advisories have been issued.
Customers who suspect sewer overflows occurring in the area, can report them by calling our customer service at 407-944-5000 or email email@example.com.
Also, a reminder to turn off irrigation timers as there is no need to irrigate.
Osceola solid waste schedule
Residential garbage and recycling collection will resume today (Friday). In an effort to utilize all collection vehicles to recover outstanding garbage and recycling from Thursday and Friday and resume normal operations next week, yard waste and bulk collection will be suspended for the remainder of this week.
On Friday, September 30: Thursday garbage and recycle customers should place their carts curbside for collection.
On Saturday, October 1st: Friday garbage and recycle customers should place their carts curbside for collection.
Reminder: Make up services on Friday and Saturday will be for garbage and recycling carts ONLY. No bulk items or yard waste will be recovered.
Please note, resumption of post storm operations will depend on storm damage safety assessments, and collection service may be impacted where roadways are not safely accessible.
Please continue to check www.wmfloridastorm.com for live updates.
In addition, the Bass Road Yard Waste Disposal Site at 750 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, will be open on Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Crews continue rescue operations
First-responders are working quickly to get assistance to those impacted by the flooding
Additional assets and resources are on their way, including water rescue vehicles, additional ambulance, and strike teams.
POWER OUTAGES: Local power companies continue to assess the power outage situations. It is estimated that about 25,000 households in the County lost power. Everyone is reminded to never touch a downed power line or wire. Instead, they should report the fallen line to the utility company.
Dial 9-1-1 for an emergency, or if you have any other concern, call the CIC at 407-742-0000.
Updates on recovery efforts will be available at www.osceola.org/go/hurricane.