City officials announce updates for Altamonte Springs following Hurricane Ian

City officials provided updates for public facilities, debris pickup and more

A tree brought down by Hurricane Ian on Oak Avenue in Altamonte Springs (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte Springs city officials announced a list of updates for public amenities Tuesday as crews continue to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

Among the updates, officials provided the following list of openings and closures for city parks and centers.

  • Openings
    • The city library is set to reopen Wednesday, Oct. 5.
    • Westmonte Recreation Center, Hermits Trail Park, Turnbull Park and Sunshine Park are open, and all classes, programs and amenities are available.
    • Merrill Park is expected to open Saturday, Oct. 8, and Eastmonte Park is set to open Monday, Oct. 10.
  • Closures
    • Lake Lotus and Cranes Roost Parks are closed until further notice due to flooding. Park amenities will be unavailable during this time.
    • The Lake Orienta boat ramp is closed, and all boating is prohibited due to the current lake level.

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City officials also said the following events in Cranes Roost Park were canceled.

  • Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema — Oct. 8
  • Uptown Vibes — Oct. 14
  • Date Night in the Plaza — Oct. 15
  • Nightly Fountain Shows

Altamonte Fit Club will resume in the plaza starting Oct. 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., according to a release from the city.

Due to severe flooding from Hurricane Ian, officials said that motorized boats are prohibited from being operated on roads. Drivers are also not allowed to drive fast enough through flooded roads that they create a wake, as wakes can cause further flooding, officials said.

Cars will be restricted to a 5 mph speed limit on the following rights-of-ways and streets as flooding continues, the release shows.

  • Agnes Drive
  • Darwin Drive
  • Diane Drive
  • Lake Orienta Drive
  • Lemonwood Court
  • Little Wekiva Road
  • Magnolia Drive
  • Peachwood Drive
  • Spring Oaks Road
  • Sun Court
  • Tropic Hill
  • Underoak Drive
  • Weathersfield Avenue
  • William Avenue

According to the release, crews are still clearing roads and removing debris throughout Altamonte Springs. In the meantime, regular household trash and recycling collection has continued on its normal pickup schedule.

Per FEMA rules, household trash and storm debris must be collected separately, so officials said residents should divide debris and trash into the following separate piles.

  • Yard Waste — large tree limbs and branches; no bundling required
  • Bagged Yard Waste — smaller items such as leaves, twigs and plants
  • Construction and Demolition — building debris such as fencing, roofing, lumber, drywall, carpeting, plastic and glass
  • Trash and Recycling — regular trash and recycling are picked up on normal collection days

There is no bag limit, though all items must be placed at the curb on a public right-of-way between the road and sidewalk for collection — not in a private yard or the street.

Officials also asked residents to not stack or lean debris on mailboxes, trees, poles or other structures. Different crews will collect the debris types, which means the pickup times will vary, the release shows.

On Saturday, the city is set to host FEMA assistance teams from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westmonte Recreation Center near 624 Bills Lane.

Officials said FEMA representatives will help hurricane victims who are underinsured or uninsured to apply for assistance, including funds for temporary housing, repairing homes and other disaster-caused expenses not covered by insurance.

For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-621-3362 or click here.

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