Well known Palm Beach businessman and Civic Association member Scott Lewis, and his Pathfinders aid group, are in the southern Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. The storm's 100-plus mph winds caused utter devastation.
Parts of Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Island are underwater. The lack of clean drinking water on the islands has the Bahamian government working around the clock to get crews on the ground.
Pathfinders, part of Scott Lewis’ Eagles Wings Foundation, is doing a rapid assessment and found major problems on Long Island, a sliver of land southwest of New Providence. The island suffered major damage to its electrical system, communications systems, government buildings, and homes.
Hurricane Joaquin battered the Bahamas for more than two days. At one point, the storm packed Category 4 winds over 130 mph with 20-40 foot seas.
The team also investigated Crooked Island, which is southwest of Long Island. There too, they found homes destroyed and people trying to get evacuated from the wrecked airport with residents calling the island “unlivable.”
“I think the main problem is the hurricane just sat there,” said Mr. Lewis, who has helped lead aid missions in Haiti, New Orleans during Katrina, Japan’s earthquake, and has been to the Bahamas nine times since 1999 following hurricanes. “When hurricanes just sit there they batter, and batter, and batter, and the waves just get bigger and bigger.”
“Most of the structures on Crooked Island show major damage with several settlements towards the center of the island completely flooded,” the Pathfinder report notes. “Cell and radio towers are still standing but may be inoperable. There is no power and no cellular service.”
Mr. Lewis has crews on the ground on seven islands completing rapid assessments of critical infrastructure and a general assessment of the overall damage. They assess by air and door-to-door on the ground.
At the same time, they are setting up supply stations of water, food, clothing, baby supplies, hygiene products, and tarps.
Photos are from Pathfinder's reports that they share with the government and anyone that needs the assessments.
The Pathfinders organization is asking for donations on their Eagles Wings Foundation website. Donate by following this link:
The Town of Palm Beach released project highlights that will impact traffice for the week of 10/5/2015.
SOUTHERN BLVD BRIDGE: MAINTENANCE POSTPONED!
SUNSET AVENUE, MAIN STREET, NORTH COUNTY ROAD, AND ATLANTIC AVENUE: Concrete restoration will be completed on Sunset Avenue, Main Street, North County Road and Atlantic Avenue. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
MIRAFLORES DRIVE AND CHATEAUX DRIVE: Milling and resurfacing of Miraflores Drive and Chateaux Drive is scheduled for 10/7/2015 and 10/8/2015. These operations will require single lane closures in one direction and disruption to the movement of traffic is anticipated.
NORTH COUNTY ROAD: Gas line service connections on North County Road from Tangier Avenue to Via Linda will be performed on 10/10/2015. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
TOWN HALL SQUARE PHASE II: From 10/5/15 to 1/30/16, the inside northbound and southbound lanes on South County Road adjacent to Memorial Park and Town Hall will be closed for park improvements. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times.
SOUTH COUNTY RD AND ROYAL POINCIANA: Milling and resurfacing of South County Road and Royal Poinciana Way is scheduled for the week of 10/19/15 with thermal striping to be the week of 11/09/15. There will be single lane closures in one direction, and disruption to the movement of traffic is anticipated.
Private construction projects are limited to 3 on-street parking permits. Surrounding residents should not be adversely impacted by construction vehicles and/or associated employee parking. Please call 561-838-5440 to report congestion or abuse.
TRAFFIC ALERTS & HELP-LINE
Please sign-up on the Town’s website (www.townofpalmbeach.com) to receive traffic notices via email and text. Click on the green “Stay Informed” button on the home page and sign up for “News Flashes” and emergency “Traffic Alerts.”
A dedicated traffic telephone line is also available from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns. Please call 561-838-5410. After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.
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UPDATE: Westbound Nighttime Lane Closure October 1, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Note the new time.
The westbound lane on the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, to 6 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2 for roadway repair work just east of the bridge.
This closure is necessary to repair the road in an area where the existing asphalt was removed to install new storm water drainage pipes for the Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project.
Drivers who want to go west over the Flagler Memorial Bridge during this closure will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge. Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
For more information about the Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project please call
Information can also be found on the project website: www.flaglerbridge.com
Hurricane Joaquin is now a category 3 on Friday. Wind is now at 130 mph. It's still east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic and models are showning an eventual move to the north, missing Florida.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service released an urgent Coastal Hazard Message for Palm Beach County for high tide flooding over the weekend through Tuesday, September 29.
After a quick unofficial survey Monday morning, the Civic Association hasn't seen any more than the usual overflow on the Lake Trail in the Town of Palm Beach. See the photo at left. South Palm Beach County in Delray Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade received the most flooding.
“High astronomical tides due to the lunar cycle...along with tidal levels running above predicted will cause minor coastal flooding in areas especially prone to tidal flooding. Any heavy rainfall from showers or thunderstorms would also contribute to additional flooding,” said NWS in their statement.
The tides are super high right now because of the lunar perigee, which is occurring Sunday. The so-called “super moon” is the closest it will be to the planet not only in its orbit, but all year. In addition, Sunday's super moon will happen during a total eclipse.
That means the Lake Trail could be more flooded than normal.
This evening’s high tide is at 6:59 p.m.
Saturday’s high tides: 7:24 a.m. and 7:50 p.m.
Sunday’s high tides: 8:18 a.m. and 8:40 p.m.
Monday’s high tides: 9:09 a.m. and 9:28 a.m.
Tuesday's high tides: 10:00 a.m. and 10:17 p.m.
David Zierden, Florida’s climatologist, tweeted today, "Highest tides all year at Lake Worth Pier (Palm Beach county).... Running nearly a full foot above astronomical (predictions)!"
TOWN OF PALM BEACH NEWS RELEASE: The Town of Palm Beach has released a Construction and Traffic Forecast for the Week of 9/28/15. They are calling it “THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY.”
Bradley Place water main replacement is complete allowing for north-south travel, but periodic lane delays will be directed by flaggers for striping on 9/30/15.
North Ocean Boulevard Seawall
North Ocean Boulevard will continue to be single lane northbound ONLY until 11/01/15. Southbound traffic should detour to North Lake Way on Tradewind Drive, or before.
Flagler Memorial Bridge
Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach is closed for reconstruction in both directions from 4th Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge 24/7 until spring 2016. Drivers can continue to access the eastbound bridge from N. Quadrille Boulevard.
Beware residents of the following streets:
The west end of Via Marila is closed until Spring 2016, for pump station modifications and can only be accessed from North Ocean Boulevard.
Pump station modifications and road work is scheduled to start on Tangier Avenue, west of North Lake Way, the week of 10/05/15 and end by 11/01/15. Gas line service connections on Tangier will also be performed the week of 09/29/15. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
Island Road / Island Drive
The intersection of Island Road and Island Drive is experiencing daily lane closures for the replacement of the water main and valves. Traffic is being directed by flaggers as necessary. This work is expected to be completed by 11/01/15.
Directional drilling for gas main installation, as well as service connections will take place on West Indies Drive from North Ocean Boulevard to North Lake Way from 09/28/15 to 09/29/15. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
S. Woods, N. Woods, Plantation, Southland and Via Linda
Gas line service connections on S. Woods, N. Woods, Plantation, Southland, and Via Linda will be performed the week of 09/29/15. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.
COMING SOON South County Rd and Royal Poinciana
Milling and resurfacing of South County Road and Royal Poinciana Way is scheduled for the week of 10/19/15 with thermal striping to be the week of 11/09/15. These operations will require single lane closures in one direction, and disruption to the movement of traffic is anticipated.
PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR “REAL TIME” TRAFFIC ALERTS ON THE TOWN WEBSITE
Residents, employees, contractors, and visitors are urged to sign-up on the Town’s website (www.townofpalmbeach.com) to receive traffic notices via email and text. Click on the green “Stay Informed” button on the home page and sign up for “News Flashes” and emergency “Traffic Alerts.”
A dedicated traffic telephone line is available from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns. Please call 561-838-5410.
After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.
Private construction projects are limited to 3 on-street parking permits. Residents should not be adversely impacted by construction vehicles and/or associated employee parking. Please call 561-838-5440 to report abuse.
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