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Irma's approaching: What to do with garbage and what to do during power outages

The city of Palm Coast outlines details on garbage collection, power outages and the wastewater system.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

Press release from Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager Cindi Lane:

With Hurricane Irma approaching, here's what to do with your garbage and yard trash:

Residents who have garbage or yard trash at the curb, such as vegetative debris, limbs and branches, must move that garbage and yard trash into their garages or inside their homes for the period of the storm, according to the press release. The city of Palm Coast warns residents that yard trash and even small items like lawn ornaments will become projectiles flying through windows during the high winds of the storm.

In addition, Waste Pro's regular garbage collection will be canceled for Monday, Sept. 11. Regular garbage and yard trash collection will resume as soon as it's safe and feasible to do so. Palm Coast will announce that schedule as soon as that decision is made.

Power outages, PEP tanks and the wastewater system

Palm Coast stresses that it's important for residents to remember that if electric power is lost, they should reduce water consumption as much as possible with the goal of having the least amount of water going down the drain. The wastewater sewer system can't move sewage to the treatment plant without electricity, and even with generators, the system will not be operating at full capacity.

It is especially important for residents with PEP tanks (Pretreatment Effluent Pumping System) to drastically decrease water usage if they lose electricity. PEP tanks will not empty into the wastewater system if there is no power. If the tank fills to capacity, there is a risk it could back up into your home.

If power is lost, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or have a PEP tank, do not do laundry, according to the release. Flush as infrequently as possible, and put as little water down your sinks and showers as possible. Wash up with your hose in the yard, if possible.

If your PEP tank alarm goes off, please call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Palm Coast offices including Palm Coast City Hall and the Palm Coast Utility Office will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and the Palm Coast City Council workshop and special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, are canceled.

Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, the Palm Harbor Golf Club and the Palm Coast Tennis Center are now closed and will remain closed through Wednesday, Sept. 13. Events and programs are also canceled through Wednesday.

Flagler County Storm information line (386-586-5111) will be open until 11 p.m. Friday. 

Tips from Flagler County Emergency Management

Press release from Flagler County Public Information Officer Julie Murphy:

“We are asking residents to rush to completion to finish certain tasks by the end of the day Saturday – sooner if possible,” said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten in a press release. “Shoring up your property will lessen the risk of damage to your home.”

Trees that are close to structures should be checked for weak limbs and branches. Prune back anything that is overhanging a structure.

Tie down, remove or bring inside the outdoor items that could be torn loose or blown away, including potted plants. Roll up and secure canvas awnings with sturdy rope or twine.

Keep chemicals, fertilizers and other toxic materials in a secure area on the premises. Secure propane tanks away from heat sources, such as water heaters and appliances.

“We urge you to take care of these things now, ahead of any effects of the hurricane impacting Flagler County,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said in the release. “It will help us to help you.”

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