JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is the final Tropical Depression Beryl update from the City of Jacksonville:
• U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Governor Rick Scott, Congress members Ander Crenshaw and Corrine Brown, City Council President Stephen Joost and Councilman Jim Love toured the Riverside area today with Mayor Alvin Brown. The leaders came together to see storm damage and flooding due to Tropical Storm Beryl.
• Governor Scott said the mayor and the city's emergency response teams worked well together in response to the storm that battered the First Coast.
"The state needs to be ready to be able to help local communities like this and we were," said Governor Scott. "I talked to the mayor quite a bit to make sure I knew what was going on. He knew we were there if he needed us. So, fortunately we didn't have a hurricane this time--just a tropical storm. But we live in a peninsula and we all have to be prepared."
• Garbage and recycling collection will resume tomorrow and be pushed back by one day for all residents. If your garbage or recycling is normally scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday, it will be picked up on Wednesday this week and so on.
• The Emergency Operations Center will be downgrading from a level one to a level three and close at 8 p.m., but reopen for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
• Duval County Public Schools will be open tomorrow, but expect possible school bus delays.
• Hanna and Huguenot parks will reopen Tuesday morning. Public pools will reopen on Saturday.
• The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened the port, but the Mayport Ferry will remain closed until further notice.
• More than 1,000 city personnel including first responders, JEA and Public Works crews worked through last night and today to address damage caused by the storm. JEA has dispatched 15 tree crews, 30 electrical crews and 20 water crews to address utilities issues.
• Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has suspended ALL bus service for the remainder of Monday, May 28, 2012. Regular bus service will resume Tuesday morning, May 29.
• Mathews Bridge remains closed pending a Florida Department of Transportation inspection of the construction scaffolding.
• JEA reports power outages for between 14,000 and 20,000 customers. Citizens are reminded to call 9-1-1 if they see sparking wires.
• Shelters no longer remain open in Duval County.
• Citizens are asked to report ALL power outages to JEA, the local power utility, at 904-665-6000 - crews worked overnight, and additional crews are coming online in the morning.
• As storm bands continue to pass through the First Coast, heavy winds, rain and localized flooding may continue to threaten public safety. We are advising residents to stay out of the water and to be safe on the roads, if you have to drive. Do not attempt to drive through standing water. Standing water can be contaminated - avoid direct contact.
• Citizens are asked to report ALL storm related damage to 904-630-CITY (2489) - examples include blocked roads; damage to buildings; downed trees; flooding.
• Please follow updates on Twitter at @CityofJax and @MayorAlvinBrown or by using the trending terms #Beryl and #jaxready. Also, follow facebook.com/MayorAlvinBrown and facebook.com/CityofJacksonville.
• 630-CITY will close at 8 p.m. today and open tomorrow with normal business hours.