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BERTHA STRIKES THE CARIBBEAN

Tropical Storm Bertha will not move into the Gulf of Mexico but tropical storm advisories are posted for areas of the Caribbean. This is the 2nd named storm of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season.

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FEMA assistance information

At 10 a.m. today, FEMA reported 903 applications for assistance received from Escambia County residents. Estimates on damage to public infrastructure in Escambia County and the City of Pensacola has reached $27.5 million. As of 1 p.m. today, 28 residential homes within the County have been deemed destroyed. Other numbers will be updated as we continue damage assessments. Beginning tomorrow, Escambia County will launch Project Outreach, a program that will use field teams to provide aid to the most heavily impacted areas within Escambia County. The field teams will set up tents, distribute clean up kits, food, water and provide aid with the FEMA application process. Two FEMA Disaster Survival Assistance Teams (DSAT) have been dispatched to Escambia County and are expected to begin work tomorrow. The County is still working to determine a location for a static Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Due to the large number of residences impacted, significant wait times are expected at the DRC (once it is established). Applicants are encouraged to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via their mobile device at m.fema.gov. FEMA will verify eligibility and need before assistance is offered. Applicants will be asked for the following information:
  • Social security number
  • Address of damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Current telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
Escambia County residents needing assistance may also call the following numbers to register:
  • Toll-free telephone registration: (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
  • Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss can use TTY: (800) 462-7585 directly
  • Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS): (800) 621-3362.
If you do not have computer access, below is a listing of the West Florida Public Library locations, hours of operation and number of computers at each location offers for public use. West Florida Public Library locations and hours:
  • Main Library, 239 North Spring Street, Pensacola  -  34 computers
    • Monday Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
    • Sunday: 12 4 p.m.
  • Century Branch, 7991 North Century Boulevard, Century 7 computers
    • Sunday Monday: closed 
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 12 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
  • Genealogy Branch, 5740 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola  -  34 computers
    • Sunday Monday: closed
    • Tuesday Saturday: 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
  • Molino Branch, 6450A Highway 95A, Molino 9 computers
    • Sunday: closed
    • Monday Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday:  10 a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Tryon Branch, 1200 Langley Avenue, Pensacola 22 computers
    • Sunday: closed
    • Monday Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday:  10 a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Southwest Branch, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola 18 computers
    • Sunday: closed
    • Monday Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday:  10a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Westside Branch, 1580 West Cervantes Street, Pensacola 9 computers
    • Sunday: closed
    • Monday Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday:  10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Road Closure Update The Escambia County Public Works Department is making progress on the transportation issues that have impacted roads and bridges across the County. So far, approximately 700 damaged sites have been identified. These sites include damage to specific points on roads, bridges and storm water drainage systems. Some roadways have suffered damage at multiple points. As of midday, more than 100 damaged sites have been addressed, either with temporary repairs or permanent fixes. The Countys Public Works Department is also focusing its efforts on repairing and replacing storm damaged thoroughfares. Some neighborhood roadways may remain impassable due to flooding, however only three collector roads maintained by Escambia County remain closed:
  • Dog Track Road
  • East Johnson Avenue
  • Old Corry Field Road
Emergency repairs to the Blue Springs Avenue and Crescent Lake area is actively underway. Work is progressing and flood relief efforts continue on the following streets:
  • Surrey Drive
  • Gulf Beach Highway
  • Renee Terrace
  • Fabiano Street
So far, Escambia County crews have pumped more than 4.5 million gallons of flood waters from roadways and properties. Once the current cleanup and repair effort is completed, Escambia County will perform engineering studies for all areas that experienced significant flooding. Residents in Escambia County who need non-emergency assistance can call the Citizens Information Center at (850) 471-6600.