We often get photographs and tips from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, so we have started featuring them on the site in a series called “Eyes on the Street,” in honor of our favorite urbanist Jane Jacobs.
As Orlandoans meekly peeked out their leaf-splattered windows this morning, they were greeted with some fairly apocalyptic views. Trees have fallen across the city, sinkholes carved out from overloaded storm drains and stormwater runoff are popping up in brick streets in our historic neighborhoods, and lakes are spilling out into the roads and parks, including Lake Eola, which has turned Robinson Street into a river.
The City of Orlando has issued a Shelter in Place request to all residents, asking them to stay in their homes and only evacuate if their house has flooded. People should avoid driving on flooded roadways and if you see a downed tree, traffic lights that are out, or a flood you don’t think has been reported, you can call the Citizen Information Line at 407-246-HELP (4357).
The City of Winter Park is issuing a curfew within city limits due to extensive flooding and debris, and it is effective until 5 p.m. today. Driving is prohibited with the exception of emergency personnel and essential employees traveling to and from work. For non-emergency city storm-related questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call 407-599-3494.
If you’re experiencing a power outage, call OUC at 407-423-9018 or text “OUT” to 69682. The winds are still too high for OUC crews to take to the field but they can prioritize calls based on location and circumstances for when the weather lets up.
All roads leading into Orlando International Airport are closed due to flooding.
Bungalower readers have been sending us videos and photographs all through the storm that we have been sharing on Instagram and in our Stories. So if you’re feeling curious, feel free to look at those before venturing outside yourself.