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Hurricane Dennis News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2005
CONTACT: Public Information-ESF14 (850) 921-0384

HURRICANE DENNIS
STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET

***The information below represents the best available information at the time of this release. Floridians are encouraged to contact their local authorities for additional information as it becomes available.***

County Evacuations

The following evacuations still remain in effect:

MANDATORY

  • Bay: For Category 1-4 evacuation zones.
  • Escambia: For low-lying coastal areas, areas along waterways, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Innerarity Point, mobile homes, recreational vehicles.
  • Franklin: For barrier islands, Alligator Point, low lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Gulf: For non-residents, Category 1 areas and Cape San Blas.
  • Okaloosa: For Category 4 zone, Barrier Islands, and low lying areas. 48,000 people have evacuated.
  • Pinellas: For mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Santa Rosa: For Category 4 zone, Navarre Beach, campgrounds and mobile homes
  • Sarasota: For low lying areas.
  • Wakulla: For coastal areas. Voluntary evacuations for residents of Wakulla County.
  • Walton: For all low-lying areas, mobile homes and recreational vehicles south of Highway 20.

VOLUNTARY

  • Calhoun: For mobile homes and low-lying areas.
  • Gilchrist: Detour on HWY 26 between CR 341 and CR 314. CR 313N to CR 334 W to CR 341S. HWY 26 closed due to large sinkhole.
  • Hardee: For mobile homes and low-lying areas.
  • Highlands: For mobile homes and low-lying areas.
  • Holmes: For mobile homes, manufactured homes, RVs and homes in low lying areas.
  • Washington: For mobile and manufactured homes.

County Re-Entry

  • Monroe: Please monitor local sources to determine safe re-entry. Proof of residence required for closed areas, otherwise no restrictions.

For additional information pertaining to county evacuations, curfews and re-entry, please contact the local county emergency operations center.

Shelters

  • General Shelters: 22; Population: 3,969
  • Special Needs Shelters: 2; Population: 91

For additional information pertaining to shelters, please contact the local county emergency operations center.

Hospitals

  • Sacred Heart – Emerald Coast Medical Center Closed (Walton County) o ER NOW OPEN

Law Enforcement and Military Support

Florida National Guard: 1,782
Law Enforcement Officers in the Field: 731

Curfews

  • Escambia: Pensacola Beach – 8:00 pm – 6:00 am
  • Okaloosa (Destin): 10:00 pm – 6:00 am

Power Outages

Toll Status
Tolls are suspended on the following roadways:

  • •Tolls remain suspended on the Mid-Bay and Garcon Point Bridges in Florida’s panhandle until further notice.

Road/Bridge Closures

Escambia County:

  • Bob Sikes Bridge in Escambia County to Pensacola Beach closed.

Franklin County:

  • St. George Island Bridge closed and Hwy 98 between Apalachicola and East Point.

Gulf County:

  • Numerous roads closed including Indian Pass Road. Extensive Damage at Cape San Blas.
  • S.R. 30 at Highland View Area washed out.
  • Stumpole (C.R. 30-E) at Cape San Blas from S.R. 30A to St. Joseph State Park open to local traffic only

Okaloosa County:

  • U.S. 98 from Okaloosa Island to Destin West of Coast Guard office closed.

Wakulla County:

  • Coastal roads flooded.
  • U.S. 98 from Panacea to the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge open to local traffic only
  • U.S. 98 at Wakulla River open to local traffic only

Walton County:

  • Scenic Gulf Drive HWY 30-A at Oyster Lake closed.
  • County HWY 30-A at Fort Panic closed.

Washington County:

  • Numerous county roads closed

Airports

Public-use and military airfields in Florida are "CLOSED" for the periods shown:

  • •Duke Field (EGI), Okaloosa County
  • •Hurlburt Field (HRT), Okaloosa County, currently closed until further notice
  • •Okaloosa Regional (VPS), joint-use facility with Eglin AFB, Okaloosa County – official business only
  • •Panama City - Bay County International (PFN), Bay County, currently closed until further notice
  • •Pensacola NAS - Forrest Sherman Field (NPA), Escambia County, currently closed
  • •Pensacola Regional (PNS), Escambia County, currently closed until further notice; except: emergency aircraft and emergency relief vehicles
  • •Tyndall AFB (PAM), Bay County, currently closed until 7/12/05

Boil Water Advisories

  • •Santa Rosa
  • •Walton

Fatalities Confirmed by Medical Examiner

Total hurricane related fatalities confirmed statewide: 1

Presidential Disaster Declaration: FEMA – 1595 – DR

Individual Assistance: Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
Public Assistance: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Monroe, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington Counties
Hazard Mitigation: All counties in Florida are eligible to apply.

Call 1-800-621-FEMA for individual assistance registration or visit www.FEMA.gov.

For more information, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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