Maitland Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

The City of Maitland distributed thousands of sandbags Thursday and Friday to get ready for Hurricane Dorian.

Friday’s forecast from the National Hurricane Center projected the center of Hurricane Dorian to arrive in Central Florida by Wednesday morning with strong winds as early as Monday. The city is monitoring the storm’s activity and making preparations in coordination with Orange County and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The city Public Works Department prepared more than 4,400 sandbags that were distributed to residents from Maitland Community Park. City sandbags are no longer available – check with other locations operated by Orange and Seminole counties.

City crews also checked emergency generators that will operate water, wastewater and other facilities during power outages. Building exteriors were secured, and emergency vehicles were readied for expected storm response and recovery. Stormwater collection systems were cleared of debris – an important step with up to 14 inches of rainfall projected in this area.

City police and fire services will continue operations while city administrative offices are closed through Tuesday, Sept. 3.  

Curbside garbage and recycling will not be collected on Monday or Tuesday, Sept. 2-3. Recycling is rescheduled for pickup on Saturday, Sept. 7. Garbage will be collected on the next regularly scheduled pick-up days unless prevented by bad weather.

The Maitland Farmers’ Market at Lake Lily Park will not open on Sunday, Sept. 1. The event will return Sunday, Sept. 8.  

City parks and the Maitland Senior Center will close Monday and Tuesday. City recreation programs also will not be conducted these days.    

The city will provide updates on its website, www.itsmymaitland.com, and social media. Residents are encouraged to check these online resources regularly along with hurricane information from local media and weather services.

For questions, call (407) 539-6269 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. This phone line will be answered 24 hours a day beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

Residents should take time during the Labor Day holiday weekend to prepare for the storm. Create an emergency preparedness kit and a family emergency plan. Fill your vehicles’ gas tanks and charge any necessary electronic devices.

Be sure to remove lawn items, patio furniture and other objects that could blow away during strong storm winds. Make any other preparations to stay safe at home for two or three days while Hurricane Dorian slowly moves through. Try to stay off local roads during heavy winds and rain.

Check with Orange County Emergency Management for updates on shelters, schools and other information.