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October 19, 2018
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FRWA Responds to Hurricane Michael

Each time we are hit by a natural disaster, it changes those affected.  The Florida Rural Water Association has been changed forever by Hurricane Michael.  Staff have witnessed devastation like we have never seen before.  Communities gone, businesses in ruin, homes damaged beyond compare, trees lifted out of the ground and toppled like tooth picks.   One FRWA staff member called the office with tears in his voice and said that his "little community is just devasted."

Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to strike the United States since 1992 and the third strongest in history.    This hurricane presented unique obstacles in our efforts, from communication systems being down to major thoroughfares being blocked.  

FRWA's inventory of generators was quickly deplet ed with additional requests coming in.  As power is restored at one system, the generator that they are using is quickly sent to another system. FRWA will contine  to coordinate with FlaWarn to access needs and respond to requests until the last systems is operational.

Mexico Beach's elevated water tank that was full and valved off, was blown down onto the shoulder of the ground storage tank. Additional storm surge/tidal waves almost washed away the high service pumps and generators.

Staging areas have been set up in Port St. Joe and Panama City to coordinate the effort.   We appreciates the efforts of our sister Rural Waters and dozens of responding utilities and scores of workers (MacGyvers) that have come to assist us in the relief efforts.  It is in circumstances like this that we see what Rural Water is all about. 
 
FRWA continues to work with DEP and DEM in the recovery efforts in aftermath of Michael. If you need assistance you can report to FRWA (850.668.2746 or frwa@frwa.net ) or Storm Tracker .
Following Michael
Rural Water Emergency Responders to Help  Rural water utility operators in southeastern states were preparing late this week to provide aid and equipment to communities in Florida and Georgia that had been ravaged by Hurricane Michael.   more

Multiple Florida Counties Face Wastewater Spills In Wake of Hurricane Michael Multiple wastewater spills have been confirmed in Northwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The latest one is in Gulf County where sewage spilled into the Apalachicola River.   more

Georgia Rural Water Restores Water in Camilla After Hurricane Michael  When Hurricane Michael roared through southwest Georgia, it left the city of Camilla, Ga. damaged, without power, and eventually without water.   more

Hurricane Michael's fury will have longstanding environmental impacts  While the human toll of Hurricane Michael is still being tallied, the environmental impact from the monster storm is expected to ripple across the the Panhandle,   more

Lee County citizens send relief to areas affected by Michael As those affected by Hurricane Michael have just begun to assess the damage left in the wake of the hurricane, some Auburn and Opelika locals are planning to help in whatever way they can.   more

'Apocalyptic:' 1 Florida town demolished by Michael   The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida.  more

Hurricane Michael leaves Florida's main psych hospital cut off. Helicopters drop aid. The oldest and largest psychiatric hospital in Florida was left inaccessible as Hurricane Michael carved its path across the Panhandle, knocking out power and ripping buildings to shreds.   more

Hurricane Michael flattens beach town like 'mother of all bombs' The storm smashed into the state's north-west coast near the community of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon packing 155mph (250km/h) winds. more

Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean.  more

Hurricane Michael's onslaught Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael's wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S.  more

Michael causes devastation, destruction in Panama City Meteorologist Kyle Gravlin was in one of the area's hardest hit by the storm, Panama City.  more
National News
Senate Passes "Rural Water Friendly" Water Bill, President to Sign Soon On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the Senate passed the bipartisan and bicameral comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislative package. more

Arkansas Senator relies on endorsement of Dennis Sternberg to explain new federal water infrastructure The Senate added one more very important bill to its list of bipartisan accomplishments for this Congress more

NRWA summary of SDWA provisions in the legislation On September 10, The House & Senate Water Committee Leaders Announced a Comprehensive Water Resources more

Flushed wipes cause Charleston Water System backup Workers at the Charleston Water System Plum Island Facility had their hands full over the weekend when the system was clogged by a massive amount of wipes. more

U.S. Senate passes Water Resources Development Act in 99-1 vote On Oct. 10, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan, comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation more
State News
Public invited to comment on rate increase request  Consumers now have the chance to comment on the pending rate increase request by Jackson County Water Utility Inc.  more

HB commission pushes for fix to polluted Spring Lake Holmes Beach commissioners want to remediate the highly toxic Spring Lake.  more

New wastewater treatment plant to help increase health of Weeki Wachee River  Each of us use nearly 100 gallons of water every single day, that is why Hernando County is building a new wastewater treatment plant to help increase the quality and quantity of the aquifer.   more

SFWMD: Reservoir will take years to build, here's what's happening in the meantime There's a clear improvement along the Indian River Lagoon.  more

The drip, drip, drip of a pending water fight in Tampa Bay Surrounded by bickering and teetering on conflict, three counties (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas) joined three cities (New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa) to form one utility company (Tampa Bay Water) that ended hostilities when it came to the market's water supply.  more

Who's going to foot the $3 billion bill to fix aging Fort Lauderdale? Fort Lauderdale is aging - from the pipes to the roads to the sidewalks to the bridges to the buildings. And overhauling all of it will cost at least $3 billion, city officials say.  more
This Week in Water History
October 17, 2013:  New York Times headline-After Decades a Water Tunnel Can Now Serve All of Manhattan. "Of all New York City's sprawling mega-projects, the water tunnel snaking beneath the grid - connecting the Bronx to Upper Manhattan, Upper Manhattan to Central Park, Central Park to Queens, and, eventually, Queens to the western edge of Brooklyn - is perhaps the hardest to love....  more

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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