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Mayor Ken Welch extends state of emergency in St. Petersburg

The order allows for special collection of debris and continued recovery efforts.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has extended the state of emergency in the city to Sunday, Oct. 9.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has extended the state of emergency in the city to Sunday, Oct. 9. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Published Oct. 2|Updated Oct. 2

Amid lingering power outages and ongoing cleanup efforts after Hurricane Ian, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has extended the state of local emergency in the city another week.

The order, signed Saturday night, states that the city experienced sustained winds of up to 60 mph and gusts up to 77 mph during the storm and about 4 inches of rain on already-saturated ground.

Downed trees, broken limbs and damaged structures are still being tended to, the order said.

“Those impacts continue to pose an immediate danger to the public health, safety and welfare that requires emergency action,” it said.

The extension through Sunday, Oct. 9, continues the invocation of emergency powers, including continuing special collection of debris and allowing the mayor to waive enforcement of city codes or rules that would delay necessary storm-related repair. It also prohibits price-gouging.

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