“Little to no damage” are the words of the day, from West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.
Of the city’s 10 damage assessment crews, four reported back that they’ve seen little or no damage, and six more are still out and about but also say they see few problems.
A tree hit Fire Station 4, but caused minor damage, and that’s a station that’s about to be torn down to build a new one anyway, the mayor said. No other city property, including the downtown docks, was damaged.
No flooding in Pineapple Park or elsewhere, she said.
Garbage pickups that were cancelled Thursday will be done tomorrow, Saturday. Officials are still deciding what to do about homes that were scheduled for Friday pickups.
Traffic lights that were damaged have been replaced with stop signs for now.
The Mandel public library will be open as usual tomorrow, as will city parking garages and the Gaines Park and Pleasant City community centers.
Police resume normal shifts at 7 this evening.
The mayor said she doesn’t know if the city will apply to FEMA for money to cover expenses. Possibly for operational costs, such as running the Emergency Operations Center, she said. The city has been keeping track of its spending. Finance Director Mark Parks was on hand at the EOC with all other department heads during the storm.
The dire and worsening predictions of Cat 4 winds didn’t come true in West Palm Beach, where tree limbs snapped around the city, power outages were widespread but not lasting, there was little damage of consequence and no injuries reported.
“We ended up being quite fortunate,” Mayor Jeri Muoio said Friday morning. “We dodged a bullet.”
Crews are out around the city, and officials are asking residents to stay off the roads so the city can clean up.
“We’re in good shape,” the mayor said. “We’ve basically got palm fronds and some downed trees.”
The city’s tall radio towers appeared to have emerged unscathed. An assisted living facility experienced a minor fire at the 4200 or 4300 block of Australian Avenue but no one was injured or evacuated, the mayor said.
City Hall lost power but got it back, along with the city’s computer systems. There were a few water main breaks but no serious flooding. A few lift stations went down but were powered up with generators.