What is yard waste?
Yard waste is vegetative debris such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs, palm fronds, etc., that are a result of yard maintenance.
You may burn yard waste as long as:
You meet the required setbacks and no local, city or county ordinances prohibit burning.
The yard waste was generated on your property and it will fit in an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container.
Fire is ignited after 9:00 a.m. eastern time and is extinguished one hour before sunset
Outdoor Burning Tips:
Check with your local Florida Forest Service office to make sure it is legal to burn in your area.
Make sure you meet the required setbacks.
Clear an area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.
Burn only yard waste, no household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint, and aerosol containers.
Don’t burn on windy days.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Keep a water hose or shovel handy in case your fire escapes.
Make sure smoke does not obstruct visibility on nearby roads.
Be sure fire is completely out before you leave.
If your fire escapes, you may be liable for costs of suppression and damage to the property of others.
Piles greater than 8 feet in diameter will require contacting the Florida Forest Service.
Any questions please contact The Orlando Forestry District at 407-888-8760, or visit www.FloridaForestService.com.
SEMINOLE COUNTY LEISURE SERVICES
A section of the Seminole Wekiva Trail from Montgomery Road to the Softball Complex will be CLOSED INDEFINATELY due to major damage to the trail.
The following facilities will remain CLOSED due to debris, damage, lack of power and/or flooding:
- Big Tree Park - Debris
- Lake Mills Park - Debris
- Moore's Station Fields - Debris Collection Site
- Overlook Park - Flooding and Debris
All Boat Ramps will remain CLOSED due to damage and flood waters, including:
- Cameron Wight Park
- CS Lee Park
- Lake Jesup Park
- Lake Monroe Wayside Park
- Mullet Lake Boat Ramps
Residents are encouraged to report damage that occured during Hurricane Irma. Please email email@example.com, when emailing please include your name, address, contact information, and pictures of the damage.
UNINCORPORATED SEMINOLE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
Seminole County is opening four citizen drop-off locations that are listed below. These sites are for citizens that live in unincorporated Seminole County and would like to drop-off vegetative storm debris. Please be prepared to unload your own debris; including emptying bagged vegetation. Vegetative storm debris includes: branches, tree trunks, root balls, bushes, planets, and rakeable yard debris. Construction and demolition debris, including fencing will not be accepted. This is a free service, however residents need to show identification of an unincorporated Seminole County resident.
Hours of operation are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, seven days a week
- 250 Yankee Lake Road, Sanford FL 32771 - Off of West SR 46
- 4350 Bedford Road, Sanford FL 32773 - West of Ronald Reagan Blvd.
- 2841 Cameron Avenue, Sanford FL 32772 - Soccer field B&C on East Lake Mary Blvd.
- 3540 Dike Road, Winter Park FL 32792
If you are a customer of Altamonte, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford or Winter Springs solid waste services, please call your respective city to determine debris collection guidelines. Find the City Contacts below:
- Altamonte Springs: 407-571-8340, http://www.altamonte.org/index.aspx?nid=450
- Casselberry: 407-262-7725 ext. 5, http://www.casselberry.org/documentcenter/view/11109
- Lake Mary: 407-585-1452, http://www.lakemaryfl.com/home/urgent-alerts/post-hurricane-irma-what-you-need-to-know
- Longwood: 407-263-2382, http://www.longwoodfl.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=260
- Oviedo: 407-971-5668, http://cityofoviedo.net/
- Sanford: 407-688-5089, http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=32&recordid=442&returnURL=%2Findex.aspx%3Fcity%3Dfriend.html%26type%3Dhd.html
- Winter Springs: 407-327-2669, http://www.winterspringsfl.org/EN/web/dept/pw/wasterecycle.htm
BULKY DEBRIS COLLECTION: 9/22/17 MAP
The Bulky Vegetative Debris Collection Map, updated 9/22/17, indicates areas already collected in the first pass in green, indicates areas with crews actively working in light green, and indicates pending areas in yellow (these areas will be collected upon completion of the light green zones). White areas will not be collected as they are rural, wooded areas. The gray areas are within City limits and will not be serviced by Seminole County.
- Effective immediately Seminole County issued an Executive Order Establishing a Temporary No Wake Zone within the St. Johns River Waterway.
- Effective immediately Seminole County issued an Executive Order Calling for the Mandatory Enactment of Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans for All Nursing Homes, Intermediate Care Facilities for Developmentally Disabled Persons, and Assisted Living Facilities Without Electricity and Air Conditioning.
-Effective immediately Seminole County issued an Executive Order Prohibiting Boating of All Types on the St. Johns River from Sunset to Sunrise Within the Jurisdictional Boundary of Seminole County, Florida.
FEMA Individual Assistance has been approved for Seminole County. Individual Assistance from FEMA may be able to provide qualifying residents impacted by Hurricane Irma with financial assistance to help return their homes to a livable condition. FEMA provides assistance for other disaster-caused expenses including medical and dental, child care, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.
The first FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) arrived in Seminole County over the weekend. The DSAT will canvas impacted areas of the County, including all seven Seminole County cities, to assist residents with FEMA Individual Assistance registration and information. The DSAT’s presence may be noticeable throughout the community. Before disclosing any personal information, ensure the person requesting information provides identification.
Seminole County Emergency Management met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) representatives yesterday (9/18/17) to bring Operation Blue Roof to Seminole County. This program provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. Only primary residences that have standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired when practical on a case by case basis, and roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program. This program is available at no cost to eligible Seminole County homeowners.
Residents can register at www.disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-FEMA. Beware of fraudulent activity; FEMA will not make a phone call to an individual to request bank or personal information.
To find the lowest gas prices near you:
To report price gouging: 866-966-7226
For post-hurricane insurance questions, contact Division of Consumer Services: 800-227-8676
To report fly-by-night repair businesses and confirm legitimate adjusters and appraisers: 850-487-1395
***Be cautious about employing strangers to work on your property post-storm. Make sure the contractor holds a proper license by contacting the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 1-850-487-1395 or visit the FDBPR website. Access online at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/
Frequently Asked Questions:
IS MY ADDRESS UNDER A BOIL WATER NOTICE?
Seminole County does not have any active boil water notices for its utilities customers (as of 9/15/17, 8:30 p.m.). Customers of other utilities within the County can contact their utility if there is a concern or question regarding boil water notices.
HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF MY CONNECTION IS AFFECTED?
Sanitary sewage may flow through multiple lift stations before reaching a treatment plant. Regardless of whether the nearest lift station has returned to grid power, downstream stations are still affected. Seminole County, along with other utilities in Central Florida, are encouraging everyone to conserve water to allow all lift stations and the wastewater treatment plants time to recover.
WHY DOES THE COUNTY WANT RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE WATER?
Seminole County, along with most of Florida, experienced widespread power outages due to Hurricane Irma. County staff worked diligently with generators and vac-cons to reduce the chance of sewage overflows from pump stations. Currently, 19 Seminole County lift stations remain on generator power. As the lift stations and wastewater treatment plants work to alleviate the strain imposed by power outages and potential surface water infiltration, conservation is encouraged, particularly until power is fully restored countywide.
HOW CAN I CONSERVE WATER?
Conserving water helps prevent sewer backups. When possible, limit the use of washing machines and dishwashers, and limit time in the shower. Flush toilets "when necessary." Water should be used for essential functions.
A small number of homes and businesses remain without power, due to individual electrical repairs or due to flooding. In those cases, homeowners and/or business operators should contact licensed electricians to conduct repairs on their personal property or wait until water has receded. Once this occurs, power will be restored to those individuals.
Storm damage requiring electrical work should be completed by a licensed electrician. To expedite the repair process, your contracted electrician can call 407-665-7467 to register to complete work and file the permit after work is complete. Please note, the electrician should call Seminole County Development Services before work begins.
The power companies that supply electric to Seminole County have provided websites for residents to see outages, report an outage, check the status of an outage, and stay connected for the latest storm information.
Duke Energy: https://tinyurl.com/yc3clxr4 800.228.8485
Florida Power and Light:https://www.fpl.com/storm.html 1-800-468-8243
There are a number of potential causes for this smell including fish kill, decomposing vegetation, muck and sediments being disturbed by rising waters, and/or a small probability of sewage.
Environmental Services suggests putting a cap of bleach in each drain and running your sinks and faucets for 2-3 minutes. That should fill the p-trap under your sinks, preventing sewer gas from back feeding into your home.
AM I UNDER A BOIL WATER NOTICE?:
If your are a County Environmental Services customer and if your connection is affected by a boil water notice, you will be notified electronically with a reverse 911 call, via Nextdoor, through Alert Seminole (if you're registered) and other methods.
*If you physically see a sewage back-up, call 407-665-0000 to report the issue.