Post Irma Community Updates - Caribbean National Weekly News

Broward Resident Assistance:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Broward County to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance. That means homeowners with damage that is documented can apply for funding from FEMA. Information on eligibility criteria and the types of assistance available can be found at disaster or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Residents without internet access can use the computers at Broward County libraries to register for FEMA Individual Assistance.


Precautionary boil water notice for:

Lauderhill Residents Residing in the area bounded by Northwest 55thAvenue to Northwest 52nd Avenue from Northwest 11th Street to Northwest 12th Court

A water main break has occurred at 5201 NW 12th Street – due to Hurricane Irma.

Although repairs have been made to the line, as a precaution residents are advised that water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one-minute is sufficient. Bottled water may be used as an alternative.

This boil water notice will remain effective until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe for domestic consumption.


Garbage Pick-up in Lauderhill.

Garbage Pick-up has resumed on the regularly scheduled day. Recycling will start again on Monday, September 18th. STORM RELATED DEBRIS ONLY is being picked up now.  For single family homes place debris in your swale. Condos and apartments need to place storm related debris where bulk trash is normally located. Please keep vegetative debris separated from other debris like fences and building materials. Vegetation and foliage must be piled in no larger than 10 foot portions. Regular bulk collection will resume starting in October. Check your bulk calendar as usual.  Please ask your guard gates and security companies to work with the haulers and waste companies who are picking up debris.


City of Sunrise post-storm update

 Storm Debris. If you live in a private community, storm debris collection is the responsibility of your HOA. The City will not clear storm debris from private roadways and communities. We have been advised that there are many landscape companies ready to assist in this effort. No matter your address, storm debris must be kept separate from bulk items, as it must be collected separately. Storm debris may include damaged construction materials (fencing, roof tiles, etc.), damaged furnishings, and large tree trunks and branches.


City Operations. Most City offices and facilities remain closed. The city is in an assessment phase and will announce when normal operations can safely resume. Effective Wednesday, September 13:


  • All three Public Service bill payment centers were opened during regular business hours. This includes locations at City Hall (10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Village Civic Center (6800 Sunset Strip, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and New River Civic Center (60 Weston Road, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • The Sunrise Senior Centeris open, but no classes or other programs are taking place.
  • The Village Multipurpose Center Gymis open.
  • The Sunrise Civic Center Athletic Club and Gymisl open. The Leisure Services office will open for registration and other administrative assistance. No programs or classes are taking place.
  • The Sunrise Civic Center Theatre box officeis open.
  • Cypress Preserve Park(9020 NW 38th Street; splash pad, walking/biking path, outdoor fitness stations) and Oak Hammock Park(9220 NW 44th Street; playground, chess patio, walking/biking path, boardwalk) have reopened. All other parks remain closed.
  • All poolsremain closed.


Power Outages.  Residents can report your power outage or check the status of their outage by visiting and clicking on the Outages button.


City of Miramar Curfew notice

The City of Miramar encountered severe wind, rain and other life threatening conditions during Hurricane Irma, resulting in damage throughout the city.  There is no electrical power in many areas of the City and a curfew is necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare.  A curfew is in effect between the hours of 12 midnight and 7:00 AM September 12-14, 2017. 

During the curfew, all pedestrian and vehicular movement is prohibited except for movements related to: fire and rescue services; police services, other emergency services; hospital services (including the necessary movement of medical patients or physicians responding to emergency medical calls), power or utility restoration and preparing emergency commodities for availability to the public.


Large supply of bottled water heading to South Florida

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi thanked Home Depot for sending 45 tractor trailers containing disaster-relief supplies to Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma and pledging, even more, supplies before the end of the week.

Home Depot trucks are heading to South Florida with cases of water, plywood, generators, and electrical cords, among other items. The supplies will be sold at normal prices. The company is shipping additional supplies in the coming days—with more than a million bottles of water expected before the end of the week. Home Depot will sell the water for less than three dollars a case.

Bondi says state authorities are taking steps to prevent price gouging related to the products being provided by Home Depot.

“We will go after anyone drastically raising prices to take advantage of Floridians during this state of emergency. One way to guard against price gouging is to increase the supply of disaster-related goods in hard hit areas. That’s why I am grateful for our good businesses like Home Depot to rush essential supplies to Florida and keeping the price of those items stabilized,” said Bondi.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil financial penalties. State law also criminalizes the sale of goods and services to the public without possession of an occupational license. Violators of the law can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

To report price gouging or any scam call (866) 9NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at


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