ST. PETERSBURG — The worst of Hurricane Ian may have dodged St. Petersburg, but Mayor Ken Welch on Saturday night extended the city’s state of emergency.
The emergency order now runs through Sunday to give the city enough time to review debris removal contracts and Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations to ensure that the city qualifies for reimbursement, said interim city spokesperson Ashley Bauman.
Some public facilities, including Tropicana Field, Albert Whitted Airport, the Municipal Service Center and the South Core and Mid Core garages, suffered minor damage. Officials counted 79 traffic lights that went out, which were remedied through a combination of generators, temporary four-way stops and police traffic control, Bauman said.
City officials reported private residential damage, including damage to roofs, carports and pool cages. Mobile home parks had damage to roofs, carports and sheds. Bauman said there was limited reported damage to commercial buildings and churches.
“We are currently aware of one household that was displaced by Hurricane Ian and the household is actively engaged with a social service provider to locate housing,” Bauman said.
The city made an $84,000 purchase under the emergency order to feed 679 employees six meals over three days. Those employees worked at the Police Department, and with parks and recreation, water resources and sanitation.
“I saw the dedication of our employees to keeping our city running, employees who have been working through this storm, employees who have been personally impacted who are still working to restore services,” Welch said in a video posted to social media Monday. “We can be very proud of our St. Pete team.”
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