Current Storm Updates
Hurricane Ian Updates
09.30.2022: 11:45am Wastewater System Update
The City's Wastewater system is functioning normally at this time. Residents may proceed with normal water use. Thanks to all for helping to manage the water use during the post hurricane recovery.
09.29.2022: 4:30pm Trash Collection Update
Following Hurricane Ian this week all of us will be working hard to clean up and get back to normal. As part of the Federal FEMA Response and Recovery protocols, trash collection is separated into two categories: household trash and vegetative debris.
Waste Connections will resume collecting household trash on Friday, September 30th, 2022, with our normal pick up schedule.
All the vegetation that was blown down including branches, leaves, entire trees and all the small stuff will be collected by our FEMA Response Contractor. They will be mobilizing to the island next week and will begin collections as soon as possible. To get ready, set out all the blown down vegetation and debris on the street curb by your normal trash collection location.
All our vegetation debris is recycled so do NOT use plastic bags. Put loose debris such as leaves and small branches in containers or paper bags. Vegetation is not collected on the same schedule or on the same day as your normal garbage.
The contractor will pick up the largest piles on the first pass through the City, and then come back for a second pass to gather the remaining set outs. The contractor will NOT collect from our alley ways. The equipment is too large. All vegetative debris must be set out on the street. It does not matter which one if you live on a corner.
This process is expected to take at least three weeks so please be patient. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at Public Works (727) 363-9243.
09.29.2022: 3:30pm Sanitary Sewer System Update
09.29.2022: 9:00am PInellas County Update
• Mandatory evacuation orders for Pinellas County lifted for all evacuation zones, mobile home communities and residential health care facilities effective 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Residents who evacuated due to the hurricane threat may return home using caution.
PLEASE NOTE- St. Pete Beach 12 lift stations have no power. Please refrain from water use in your homes and businesses until the power is restored. Alerts will be distributed at that time.
• County crews and first responders are proactively conducting damage assessments and response as needed.
• Any traffic intersections with inoperable traffic lights should be treated like a four-way stop.
• Hazardous conditions may still exist. Downed trees and power lines have been reported across the county. Plan for extra travel time as operations return to normal and be mindful of crews on the road.
• Residents and travelers may report road and traffic issues on storm.pinellascounty.org using the See Click Fix link, and any residential damage using the “Report Damages to Your Home” link.
• Approximately 185,500 Duke customers have reported power outages as of today at 7 a.m.
• All drinking water services to Pinellas County Utilities customers remain functional and no boil water notices have been issued.
• A number of downed utility/electric wires and trees have been reported throughout the county, affecting some roads, utility/power lines and property.
Pinellas County response/action
• Public Works and other County crews are currently conducting damage assessments on county roads and intersections.
• The County Information Center will remain open until 5 p.m. Call 727-464-4333. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the County Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.
Advice & Information for Residents
• Always assume any downed power lines are live. Do not touch them. Call or text your utility to report them immediately.
• If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
• Never drive, walk or swim through standing flood water. Know that flood waters have hidden dangers, such as hazardous bacteria, dangerous wildlife and submerged objects that could entangle a person, leading to drowning.
• If your home or business has flooded, before you clean up, watch the following video to understand how to document flood damage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAAtqAIKY2I. Visit https://www.floodsmart.gov/start to understand how to start a flood insurance claim.
• Get updates on Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by visiting www.pinellascounty.org, Facebook @PinellasCountyNews and Twitter @PinellasCoNews.
• Keep generators in well-ventilated locations outside, away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Do not operate during high winds and rain.
• Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
• Place generators so the exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
• ·Do not connect your portable generator to your home’s circuits.
• Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.
• Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
09.29.2022: 7:00am Update
09.28.2022: 5:00pm Update
- While Hurricane Ian is currently south of our area, the evacuation order still stands for the barrier islands. The storm is heading NE and is likely going to bring strong winds and more rain through Thursday morning.
- There is a recommendation to shelter in place. This is not the time to get out and explore as the conditions may rapidly change.
- Due to the possibility of heavy rain, drivers are advised to use extreme caution when encountering flooded intersections & other roadway structures impeded by flood waters. Drivers are advised to employ the “turn around, don’t drown®!” motto when presented with flood waters.
09.28.2022: 11:30am Update
- There are reports of power outages in areas of St. Pete Beach.
- Safety Messaging from Duke Energy:
- Downed power lines. Always assume downed lines are energized and stay away. Also, remember that power lines can be hidden by debris and standing water, so use extreme caution in flooded areas.
- Operate generators safely. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Safety Messaging from Duke Energy:
- View Generator Safety Tips from Chief Elder HERE.
09.27.2022: 7:30pm Pinellas County Update
09.27.2022: 5:30pm Update
Access to Barrier Islands Closing:
Important Message from PInellas County Sheriff's Office:
St. Pete Beach Sanitary Sewer System:
Due to the storm movement further south, the surge inundation of the County’s pump stations is reduced to the point we do not have the need to shut down the system at this time. We will be monitoring the performance of the system as the storm moves through the area and update as necessary. Please continue to follow us on social media and subscribe to alerts HERE.
09.27.2022: 1:15pm Update
Due to Hurricane Ian's latest updates, officials from Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, and the other barrier island communities will assess timing and determine the need to turn off the sanitary sewer system in evacuation zone A at 5:00 p.m. today. Please continue to follow us on social media and subscribe to alerts HERE.
09.27.2022: 8:30am Update
Reminder- All St. Pete Beach Offices, City, Library and Community Centers will be closed to the public today, Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 through Thursday, September 29th, 2022.
Freebee service has been suspended until after the storm.
Review shelters, sign up for Alert Pinellas and download the Ready Pinellas App here: https://storm.pinellascounty.org
Sign up for additional alerts from the City of St. Pete Beach here: https://www.stpetebeach.org/430/Notify-Me
If you are still on the island today evacuate as soon as possible. Help your neighbors. Please evacuate and stay safe on higher grounds.
Starting today at 7:00AM, access to the barrier islands
will be restricted to the following: Residents / Property Owners / Business Owners / Business Employees / Contractors
In order to gain access, you must provide your Barrier Island Re-Entry Permit OR photo ID and reasonable proof that you live or have legitimate business on the barrier islands
Examples of this include: Vehicle Registration / Property Tax or Utility Bill / Proof of Employment / Work Orders
Follow additional updates from the city of St. Pete Beach here: https://www.stpetebeach.org/629/Current-Storm-Updates
09.26.2022: 5:30pm Update
The entire city of St. Pete Beach is in a mandatory evacuation zone which goes effect today at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is expected to be off the island seeking higher ground during the storm.
Tomorrow, September 27th, 2022, the sanitary sewer system in Evacuation Zone A communities will be turned off. This means that anyone who does not evacuate should not use any water on their property. Should one use the plumbing on their property, it would stay in the lateral lines on site and eventually cause a back up. This service is being turned off in order to avoid any extensive damage to the system from fresh water contamination.
Service will be returned as soon as possible pending damage assessments following Hurricane Ian.
Messages from Pinellas County:
The National Weather Service has issued a Storm Surge Warning for your area in Pinellas County. See www.weather.gov/tampa for more info.
Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning Issued for Pinellas County. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, in this case within 24 to 36 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours.
09.26.2022: 3:30pm Update
From the Pinellas County Emergency Management
Freebee service will stop today at 6:00 pm.
City Offices, the St. Pete Beach Library, and Community Center will be closing today at 6:00 pm and will not reopen to the public until Friday, September 30th, 2022. This is subject to change.
Pinellas County is recommending that Zone A should evacuate asap. It is not a mandatory evacuation yet, however if/when evacuations become mandatory, we will have major traffic issues and congestion.
Please visit the Pinellas County website for quick reference on county resources and storm surge mapping.
YES- High rise condos and hotels need to evacuate. There may be no power or functioning water systems. You do not want to be stuck with zero access to emergency medical help if needed.
We are running low on BAGS but have more sand being delivered to Horan Park Parking Lot and Egan Park.
Concession stands and the Community Center will be closing at end of day today and will not reopen until Friday.*
City Hall, Library, and City Offices will close to the public at noon tomorrow at will reopen Friday.*
Freebee will stop service at noon tomorrow, Tuesday September 27th and will resume Friday, September 30th.*
*Please note hours and availability may change. Stay informed through social media and website updates and well as St. Pete Beach Alerts. Sign up for alerts HERE.
Our team is visiting construction sites today and tomorrow to help ensure they are being managed safely. If they are not we will begin issuing violations by noon tomorrow.
The team will work to ensure all construction signs are removed by end of day tomorrow.
Trash collection will continue today and tomorrow. Recycling will NOT take place on Wednesday, September 28th, 2022. Do NOT prune trees and bushes. We will not be able to schedule a pick up of landscaping debris before the storm.
- The sandbag stations located at Egan Park, and the Horan Park parking lot have been depleted of sand this afternoon, Sunday, September 25th, 2022, and will be replenished, and reopened tomorrow, Monday, September 26th, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
- Please note: sandbags are utilized for a deterrent to rain, not for storm surge, or tidal flooding.
- Please review additional guidance regarding hurricane preparedness from Pinellas County Government HERE
Message from Pinellas County Government:
• National Hurricane Center predicts Ian will become a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
• While the future path is still uncertain, major flooding and wind damage is expected in Pinellas County.
• Special needs shelters and two general population shelters will open Monday afternoon. Additional sheltering and evacuation plans will be announced Monday at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Emergency Operations Center.
• Visitors are encouraged to proactively evacuate as precautionary measure.
Special needs evacuation
• Special needs shelters will open Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Residents with special needs who require transportation to a safe location until the storm threat passes can still sign up by calling the County Information Center at 727-464-4333.
• Residents should finalize their sheltering plans soon, whether it is in their non-evacuation zone home, in a hotel, or with a friend or family member.
• Two general populations shelters will open Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. for those needing emergency shelter:
- Ross Norton Recreation Center (1426 S M.L.K. Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756)
- Lealman Exchange (5175 45th St N, St. Petersburg)
• Additional shelters will open Tuesday morning. More details will be provided at the press conference.
• Follow the latest updates on Alert Pinellas, Ready Pinellas, www.pinellascounty.org, County social media and local media.
• Pinellas County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
• County Information Center remains open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 727-464-4333. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the County Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat
Advice & Information for Residents and Visitors
• Visitors are encouraged to evacuate beginning Monday.
• Finalize your disaster preparedness kits.
• If you are leaving the county, plan to leave early and be sure to secure your property before you go.
• Take photographs of your home and valuable items for insurance purposes in case damages occur.
• Know your evacuation zone. Pinellas County updated evacuation zones for the 2022 hurricane season. Check your evacuation zone one of these ways:
- Download the new Ready Pinellas app
- If your property has a landline: Call (727) 453-3150 and enter your 10-digit home phone number
- Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the County Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat
• Monitor local news media, National Weather Service, pinellascounty.org, Facebook @PinellasCountyNews and Twitter @PinellasCoNews.
• Register for emergency alerts at http://www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas and download the new Ready Pinellas app in the App Store or Google Play store for real-time storm updates.
It’s too soon to know whether Tropical Storm Ian will impact our community.
This weekend is the time to make sure you are prepared, and signed up for alerts from Pinellas County Government, and the City of St. Pete Beach.
Sand bag distribution sites are being setup at both Egan Park (parking lot next to the boat parking) and Horan Parking Lot (on the wall next to Public Works). There are bags and shovels at both locations. Staff will not officially open these locations until Monday, but all residents will be able to self serve over the weekend.
On Monday and Tuesday of next week, we will staff sand bag distribution sites from 9am until 3pm. An ID will be required to verify residential status, as the sand bags are only available to residents of St. Pete Beach.