Officials and residents of DeLand could do little but wait Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian continued its slow crawl near Florida, and when they woke up Wednesday, they found a city mostly unscathed.
DELAND — Residents and officials found their city mostly unscathed Wednesday morning as Hurricane Dorian continued its crawl up the east coast, past Volusia and Flagler counties.
Power lines were downed by a large tree that fell into the intersection of East Pennsylvania and North Garfield Avenues. Tree crews from the city's Public Works Department taped off the intersection as they used heavy machinery and chainsaws to cut the fallen tree into manageable pieces.
Lines were reported down at 521 N. Amelia Ave. and 402 N. Hill Ave., where there also was a tree in the roadway, according to a map being updated in real time by city staff.
One of the residences at the Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran, off North McDonald Avenue in DeLand, sustained minor damage Tuesday night when part of a large tree broke off and fell onto the home, taking down the enclosed porch. No one was injured, city spokesman Chris Graham said.
While Dorian's path and strength fluctuated over the past few days, the city remained as prepared as it could be, City Manager Michael Pleus said Tuesday.
"You've got everybody hunkered down and ready to work, and now we're just waiting," Pleus said.
During a break in Tuesday's intermittent showers, the Kearney family decided to enjoy a walk in downtown.
Most of the businesses, except for a couple of bars, were closed and/or boarded up in anticipation of Dorian, but that wasn't an issue for 18-month-old Maggie who was focused on jumping in the puddles.
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As longtime residents, the Kearneys are familiar with hurricane season and what comes with it.
"We always fill up the hurricane shelf in the summertime," Maggie's mother Megan Kearney said. "You really can't tell what [the hurricanes] are going to do until they get a little closer."
In Astor, residents expect the St. Johns River to rise over the next couple of days as a flood warning is in effect.
A combination of rainfall from Dorian and the downstream flow being impeded by northeast winds near the mouth of the river have resulted in moderate flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
Dolores Hatcher and her companion Louis Edwards were thankful that Dorian didn't treat them the way Hurricane Irma had. On Wednesday, the flooding kept to the yard, but the couple said it could get worse during the week.
After Irma, Riveredge Court and Riveredge Drive were flooded for about a month, Hatcher said.
"We had to wear boots out to get to the car for a month," Edwards said.
"It never got to the house last time," Hatcher said. "We were lucky that way."
Before Irma had arrived, Edwards' son, Vincent Edwards, drove down from North Carolina in his RV so they'd have a place to stay with power in case it went out at Hatcher's house.
Edwards said his son remained in North Carolina this time as the couple had since acquired their own RV.
"He might get flooded before it's over with," Edwards said.
Tentatively, DeLand city offices are set to reopen for normal business hours Thursday, Graham said. The City Commission meeting also has been tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 11.
What DeLand residents should know:
Due to Hurricane Dorian, the city has made adjustments to its trash and billing schedules.
TRASH PICKUP: Garbage and recycling pickup services were suspended Tuesday and Wednesday. The city would attempt to resume garbage service on Thursday with customers who normally have their trash picked up on Tuesday, Friday for Wednesday customers, Saturday for Thursday customers and Sunday for Friday customers, according to its Facebook page.
UTILITY BILLS: Residents with utility bills that were due Tuesday have until Monday, per the city's Facebook page. No late fees would be charged, and water wouldn't be turned off.
WATER SERVICE INFORMATION: Residents with emergencies related to their water service can call 386-626-7203.
ADDITIONAL CITY INFORMATION: Updates will be posted on the city's website, its Facebook page and via Twitter.