Our Public Services department is responsible for many of the City’s essential services including the drinking water, stormwater and sewage systems, street maintenance, garbage collection and more.
This department quite literally cleared the way for the City’s response after Hurricane Irma had passed.
During the storm, 35 Public Services employees and their equipment were housed at two locations- Fire Station 78 in the east, and City offices in the west.
As soon as conditions allowed, they began clearing at least one lane in each direction of the City’s major roadways to allow for emergency access. This enabled Fire Rescue to respond to 911 calls and crews to get out and conduct Rapid Impact Assessments.
Once the assessments were complete, Public Services employees were deployed to begin addressing the most critical concerns. This included pumping water away from the areas with the most street flooding. They also used portable generators to pump sewage stations that lost power, and to operate traffic lights at Tamarac’s major intersections.
Their repair and restoration work enabled all City facilities to re-open on Wednesday, September 13th, just three days after the storm.
They continue to oversee the City’s ongoing debris collection efforts. While the process is going to take longer than any of us would like, it will get done.