City News Flash

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Hurricane Debris Removal Update - Regular bulk pick-up service is suspended until further notice.

Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Update

The City of Oakland Park has been actively removing the Hurricane Irma debris from city streets, parks and right-of-ways since Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  

Private Properties 

The City is in receipt of a “Determination of Need” letter, issued by Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, to address the removal of debris within private communities. The City has provided the required documentation to the State of Florida Department of Emergency Management (FEDM) to secure approval to remove debris from private communities to receive federal funding.   Removal of debris from private communities will continue until the private communities are all serviced. 

Debris in Waterways 

Hurricane Irma caused storm surge through eastern waterways as additional storm water was discharged from South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).  This combination of high water events on both our eastern and western boundaries caused some of our main canals to rise above their banks.  The City has 117.20 acres of waterways and lakes within its jurisdiction and 15.86 miles of shoreline.  Staff has identified several areas within our waterways that have trees and other debris related to Hurricane Irma. 

In order to address the debris, in and along the waterways, the City filed a request for authority from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program to authorize funding reimbursement to remove the debris. Funding may take months to appropriate. The City has contracts in place to remove debris from its waterways once reimbursement is authorized. 

City staff has been working seven days a week to remove hurricane debris from our more than 9,000 homes and businesses. The challenge for our City, as well as other cities in South Florida, has been the scope of the damage and the lack of responsiveness by some debris removal vendors. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we continue to this work.

 Please remember:

  • Mixed piles will delay debris removal. The hurricane debris must be separated into 2 piles and placed curb side – Vegetation (1 pile) and other (2nd pile). They cannot be mixed. (Do not place black bags with the vegetation pile)
  • Oakland Park's regularly scheduled bulk trash collection remains suspended until further notice as collection of vegetation debris and other Hurricane Irma debris remains a priority.
  • A second round of vegetation debris removal will be conducted once the first round is complete.
  • The City's trash & recycle container collection has resumed its regular schedule.
  • Please call 954-630-4414 for more information. Thank you for your patience with the City’s clean-up efforts.

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