MONDAY UPDATES: Some damage, power outages from Irma in West Volusia

An awning from a shop in the 100 block of North Woodland Boulevard was damaged during the storm. Most Downtown businesses removed their awnings before the storm.

An awning from a shop in the 100 block of North Woodland Boulevard was damaged during the storm. Most Downtown businesses removed their awnings before the storm.

 

This decorative streetlamp at New York Avenue and Downtown DeLand suffered some storm damage.  BEACON PHOTOS/ANTHONY DeFEO

This decorative streetlamp at New York Avenue and Downtown DeLand suffered some storm damage. BEACON PHOTOS/ANTHONY DeFEO

Updates will be posted to this page throughout Monday as we recieve news, with the newest news on the top of the page. If you have storm-related information to share with The Beacon, please e-mail anthony@beacononlinenews.com.

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1:30 update - Schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday

From Nancy Wait, director of community information for Volusia County Schools:

DELAND - All Volusia district public schools will remain closed through Wednesday, September 13, due to Hurricane Irma. Future closings will be determined on a day to day basis.  It is imperative that we ensure our facilities are functional and safe before students and staff return. Over the next few days, there are many issues that will be addressed and/or considered prior to reopening schools, including:

1.    Many areas throughout Volusia County are without power. 

2.    Accessing all schools and district facilities to inspect for damage.

3.    Closing the shelters which were housed in 24 of our schools. More than 4,000 people were sheltered and fed during the storm.  While many of our guests have left, a large number remain. These schools need to be sanitized and restocked with food.

4.    The shelters were operated around the clock for three days by our school- and district-based administrators.  They left their homes and families to take care of our residents who evacuated their homes.  These administrators need time to recuperate and make any necessary repairs to their homes. 

5.    Restocking freezers in our beachside schools, which were emptied prior to the storm to ensure no food spoilage.  This cannot happen until power is restored.

A Connect-ED message will be sent to notify all families and employees of the closure.  A recorded message on the district’s main phone lines at (386) 734-7190, 255-6475, 427-5223 and 860-3322 will have updated information, as well as the district’s website at www.volusia.k12.fl.us.  Follow Volusia County Schools on Facebook and Twitter for the latest school-related updates.

 


Noon update:

A Beacon walkthrough of Downtown DeLand showed some damage to awnings which were left up, a handful of downed trees, and two decorative streetlamps which were knocked off their poles at the corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard. Damage was isolated, however, and most businesses appeared to fare alright throughout the storm, with very few reports of broken windows. A skylight in The Beacon's parking garage shifted about a foot during the storm, and a lamp in Pill Alley on the back of The Muse bookstore was blown off the building.

We have been hearing reports of more widespread damage near the Stetson University campus, with some downed trees and power poles.


11:51 a.m. Update:

The City of DeLand issued these warnings to residents:

Curfew

The City of DeLand will lift its curfew at noon Monday and follow Volusia County’s night time curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. However, we want people to stay off the roads. It is still dangerous for people to be on the street as there are many downed power lines, hanging limbs and flooded streets. Also, the DeLand Police Department has had to respond to several accidents this morning.

 

Damage assessment

An initial assessment has found that the northwest and southwest quadrants of the city got hit the hardest with many trees and power lines down, though it appears residential structures suffered only minor damage. Assessments are still ongoing and we are working to clear debris near critical structures including Florida Hospital DeLand.

The city has also experienced localized flooding on several roads that are impassable.

 

Wastewater system

Residents are urged to keep water usage to a minimum as we work to restore power to critical facilities.

The city’s water is safe to drink.

 A curfew remained in place until noon in the city. Volusia County's curfew expired at noon as well. Due to stress on the wastewater system, the city asked residents not to add wastewater to the system.


 

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