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Prepare for Possible Interruption of Utility Service due to Hurricane Dorian

Post Date:08/30/2019 2:12 PM

It is still too soon to tell how much of an impact Hurricane Dorian will have on our community. However, a strong storm like Hurricane Dorian is likely to impact utilities, including potable water, sewer and electricity. Interruption in service could last for several days depending on how widespread and how severe the storm damage is.

Now is the time to make preparations. Please watch this page for the most factual up-to-date information about the City of Melbourne’s water and wastewater service.

Here are some key facts and tips for preparation:

Water Service

  • Water main breaks are highly likely on the barrier islands but can happen at any location where a severe hurricane hits. We advise all residents to be prepared for the possible loss of water service and for the possible issue of a Precautionary Boil Water Notice once water service is restored. Prepare by storing water ahead of the storm.
  • Local utility officials will evaluate the speed, direction, and intensity of Hurricane Dorian to determine if and when we need to isolate the barrier island water system from the main water distribution system to protect the integrity of the entire utility system. If a determination is made regarding isolation of any portions of the utility system, it will be posted on our website and social media pages and shared with the news media. 
  • If this happens, there will still be water service, but it will be limited to the amount stored in tanks on the barrier island. Barrier islands include all areas east of the Indian River including Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach (served by Cocoa) and Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic and Melbourne Beach (served by Melbourne).
  • System isolation is not pre-planned. It is determined as a storm approaches based on an evaluation of the speed, direction, and intensity of the forecasted storm.

Sewer Service

  • Be prepared to be without sewer service and/or to strictly limit sewer usage after the storm.
  • Electricity outages can mean the loss of power at some pump stations.
  • Also, a heavy inundation of rainwater from a storm can also put strain on the system.
  • After a hurricane, you may be asked to limit usage to sanitary use only — that means strictly limiting or not doing laundry, taking only very short showers, and limiting dishwashing or any other activity that sends a lot of water down the drain and into the sewer system.

Electricity

  • If a hurricane approaches, be prepared to lose power for several days.
  • Once the storm is over, visit the FPL Outage page for updates on power restoration. You can also follow FPL on Facebook (FPL Connect) and Twitter (@insideFPL) for updates.
  • You can download the new FPL Mobile App to report or get the latest information on outages. Customers can also get on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts. The app is available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play.
  • Call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) immediately to report a dangerous condition such as a downed power line.

 

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