Governor Scott issues press release stating Mayor Gillum has accepted offer of help. See release here.
Governor Rick Scott has directed more resources to Leon County even though local officials say their help is not needed.
Noting that more than 33,000 homes and businesses are still without power in the City of Tallahassee and more than 40,000 homes and businesses without power in Leon County, Governor Scott is directing additional resources to the City of Tallahassee which will help quickly restore power.
In a press release, Governor Scott said:
This afternoon, as a matter of public safety, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to immediately begin surveying downed power lines throughout Leon County and clearly mark them as a hazard so the public knows to stay away. I am also directing FDOT to survey bus stops, school entrances, hospitals, and medical facilities and report any downed power lines that may be a public safety issue. I hope this will be helpful to the city and county. As I traveled Tallahassee, these issues are still unresolved by city and county government.
He also said:
Today, I have identified contractors from private companies that can remove downed trees and fallen tree limbs as well as other debris that impacts downed power lines in Tallahassee. These contractors can also provide over- line support to the debris removal crews.
Scott went on to say local officials have declined help from Florida Department of Transportation.
I was also informed this morning that the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have declined further ‘cut-and-toss’ assistance from FDOT to clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs. I continue to hear from residents that this is needed. FDOT stands ready to continue providing this service to the City and County.
In an issue that is becoming more contentious, Scott addressed Mayor Andrew Gillum specifically:
The residents of Tallahassee deserve nothing less than 100 percent power restoration. I asked Mayor Gillum to let me know today by 8:00 pm if the city will utilize these efforts so we can quickly deploy help to impacted areas.
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