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Posted on: September 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Sally update #14

Sun., Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m. 

  • It appears the Yellow River has crested. No additional flooding is expected.
  • The county is working with state and FEMA recovery teams on damage assessments. Report damage to to assist in this process.
  • The county curfew has been lifted which includes all of unincorporated Santa Rosa County. It does not include the City of Gulf Breeze - see their site for the latest.
  • The Citizens Information Line remains open, 850-983-INFO (4636), for questions.

County Openings and Closures

  • Anticipate normal operations of county offices, including the libraries, will reopen on Mon., Sept. 21.
  • Navarre Beach is open to the public. Some restrooms are closed for lack of power.
  • Navarre Bayside Park and the Visitors Information Center remain closed.
  • The Navarre Beach Boat Ramp along with the floating dock/kayak access on the sound side on Navarre Beach remains closed for safety until further notice.
  • Floridatown Park remains closed until further notice for cleanup and repairs.
  • Emergency Management remains activated at a Level II for Sally recovery.


  • The county’s debris hauling contractor will be in the county on Tues., Sept. 22 and Wed., Sept 23 cutting hanging limbs from over the roads so trucks can pick up debris.
  • Residential debris removal will then begin Thurs., Sept. 24. 
  • To help removal debris pickup operate as smoothly as possible, separate your debris as follows:
  • - normal household trash
    - vegetative debris
    - construction/demolition debris
    - appliances/white goods
    - electronics
    - household hazardous debris (see list)
  • Crews will begin pickup in a central location and systematically move through the county. Once the crews make one complete pass, additional passes will be made to pick up extra debris. Residents will be notified before crews make a final pass.
  • The county’s debris pickup does not include the cities of Milton ( or Gulf Breeze ( See those municipality web sites for their debris pickup plans.
  • Crews will begin by picking up vegetative debris first. Please cut logs less than 8 feet long. Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris.
  • Place separated debris beside the roadway where crews can easily access. Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc. or in ditches
  • Crews are not allowed to go on to private property to remove debris.
  • Pickup will be from dusk to dawn and vehicles.
  • Santa Rosa County residents (not commercial haulers/landscapers) may also bring vegetative debris at no cost to Central Landfill until further notice. 
  • Two free debris drop-off locations will be announced as soon as confirmed.

Volunteer and Donation Needs and Coordination

  • Resident who need assistance with tree removal, roof tarping, muck-outs or other manpower needs should call the Citizen Information Line, 850-983-INFO.
  • Persons and organizations (churches, etc.) who would like to volunteer should call 850-983-INFO and a volunteer coordinator will match them to the best fit. 
  • Do not collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute.
  • Those interested in donating should visit SAFER Santa Rosa ( or mail a check to SAFER, 4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton, FL 32583. There is no call for in-kind donations. 

Reporting Damage

  • Residents are asked to continue to report damage at or call 850-983-4636. This helps the county with the assessment to FEMA.
  • Take photos before you start cleaning up including taking photos of the water line from flood waters on the outside of your home before you pressure wash.
  • Take note of lost or damaged items and gather any original receipts for these items.
  • After gathering documentation, call your insurance company to submit a claim.

Road and Bridge Closures

  • The following county roads are closed at the bridge:
    - Amos Cabaniss Road
    - Bryant Bridge Road
    - Deaton Bridge Road
    - Hall Road
    - Gin Road
  • Three Mile Bridge remains closed at this time and will not reopen soon.
  • FDOT has extended the toll suspension for the Garcon Point Bridge.
  • Traffic on the Garcon Point Bridge is no longer restricted to two axles; all vehicles may now travel on the bridge. The Garcon Point Bridge will continue to serve as a temporary detour while the Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed. 
  • For state/federal road closures (I-10, 87, 89, 90, 98, Avalon), see
  • See road closures:
  • Report road issues:


  • Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton (map), remains open. 

County COVID Testing

  • COVID testing is planned to be resumed Mon., Sept. 21 at Milton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Water Providers

PODs (Points of Distribution)

  • MREs (meals ready-to-eat), water and ice will be available today (Sun., Sept. 20) as long as supplies last. (map
    - Hickory Hammock Baptist Church, 8351 Hickory Hammock Rd., Milton
    - King Middle School, 5928 Stewart St., Milton
    - Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd., Navarre
    - Santa Rosa Sportsplex, 5976 Chumuckla Hwy., Pace
  • Cornerstone Christian Church, Jay has MREs and meals while supplies last today (Sun., Sept. 20) until 3 p.m., 14047 Alabama St.
  • Publix in Gulf Breeze Proper and Tiger Point have free ice while supplies last.
  • See the county’s Feeding Programs:

Animal Shelter

  • Search lost pets:
  • Lost pets who arrived during Hurricane Sally will be held for an extended five days on top of the required three day stray hold period.
  • All redemption fees will be waived through Sept. 26.
  • Lost pets who go home will receive a microchip, spay/neuter certificate at no cost and pet food if needed.
  • Need of assistance to help care for pets? Call 850-983-4680.
  • To support our lifesaving work we need fosters, adopters, and donations of blankets, towels, cat and kitten food (dry and wet), kitten milk, cat litter.
  • Foster an animal. Apply to foster online or call us at 850-983-4680
  • Adoption fees are $10 through Sept. 26. Search adoptable pets or visit the shelter
  • Schedule an appointment Hours are Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waste Haulers

  • ECUA’s recycling facility sustained damage during the hurricane and has temporarily suspended the acceptance of recyclables. Recycling pickup throughout the county will be suspended until the facility is re-opened. 
  • All residents are asked to make sure that their garbage cans are not full of water. The water makes them too heavy for the automated truck arm to pick them up.

Santa Rosa County School District

  • Santa Rosa County Schools will reopen Mon., Sept. 21.
  • Remote students with no access will be able to use local library parking lots for wifi access. If students need to go into the library they are asked to call ahead, 850-981-READ. See for more information.
  • Remote students will also be contacted this afternoon with a list of schools who will have WiFi access in parking lots.
  • For more information, see the school district website.

City of Milton

City of Gulf Breeze

Escambia County Information

First Judicial Circuit Court

  • Courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be closed Mon., Setp. 21.  
  • Judge Giraud will conduct first appearances at the jail at 9 a.m. Sun. and Mon. 
  • Judge Hilliard’s Sept. 21 criminal hearings will be rescheduled. 

Power Companies

  • Gulf Power - Outage Map
  • Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC) - - immediately following the storm, 95% of the EREC membership was without electricity representing 10,919 outages. Currently, EREC has 1,318 members without power.

Pensacola State College

Gulf Islands National Seashore

  • Opal Beach is closed until further notice.
  • Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way is closed until further notice.

Report Price Gouging

  • Report price gouging to 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226)
  • Visit to find consumer tips or to file a complaint. 

Post Hurricane Safety

General Preparedness Information

  • Sign up for emergency alerts at
  • For current weather events, visit
  • For information on preparing for disasters, visit
  • 211 is a free phone resource offered by United Way of West Florida for residents throughout the area. 211 is able to direct callers to an array of community resources for food, clothing, medical/prescription and financial assistance.

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