Tropical Storm Isaias: What’s closed? What’s open?

Here is a list of Indian River County closures, service alterations and shelter openings ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. This story will be continuously updated.

Update – All county facilities and operations, along with city and county beaches, that closed for Tropical Storm Isaias will reopen Monday during their normal times, county officials said.

Earlier story:

Closures and Service Alterations

  • Indian River County Landfill and all Customer Convenience Centers will be closed on Sunday and re-open when local weather conditions permit. For updates, please visit www.ircrecycles.com.
  • City of Vero Beach and Indian River County Public Beach Access points closed at 5 p.m. Saturday. Affected Beach Access points are tentatively scheduled to re-open Monday morning contingent on favorable local weather conditions.
  • The Donald McDonald Campground closed at noon Saturday and will re-open when local weather conditions permit.
  • The Gifford Aquatics Center and the North County Aquatics Center closed at 5 p.m. Saturday. The North County Aquatics Center will reopen Monday, and the Gifford Aquatics Center will reopen Tuesday.
  • The Indian River County Sport Shooting Facility closed at noon Saturday and will tentatively re-open at 9 a.m. Monday.

All other county facility hours and operations remain normal at this time. County facilities or services that have been closed or restricted due to COVID-19 will remain closed or restricted until further notice.

Voluntary evacuations

County officials recommended voluntary evacuations Saturday for residents in mobile homes, low lying areas and on the barrier island.

Shelters

County officials closed down three shelters Sunday after Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Officials and the school district previously opened the shelters at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The shelters were:

  • Special Needs Shelter – Treasure Coast Elementary – 8955 85th Street, Sebastian.
  • Pet-Friendly Shelter – Liberty Magnet School – 6580 81st Street, Vero Beach
  • General Population – Freshman Learning Center – 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach

The special needs shelter had 19 evacuees with two caregivers, Indian River County spokesman Brian Sullivan said. The general population shelter had 16 evacuees, Sullivan said.

There were no evacuees at the pet-friendly shelter.

“The shelters are no longer operating,” Sullivan said. “We appreciate everyone taking this storm seriously to keep their loved ones safe. (Isaias) is still coming up the coast. We will adjust accordingly if we have to.”

School district officials were sanitizing the campuses used as shelters before staff return to work Monday. There were no evacuees at the shelters who had virus symptoms, School District of Indian River County spokeswoman Cristen Maddux said.

Isaias downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon. The storm was no longer expected to regain hurricane strength Sunday.

The storm will bring heavy rain, strong winds and possible flooding, meteorologists said. Residents should call the Indian River County sheriff’s non-emergency number at 772-569-6700 to report flooded or impassable roads.

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