From PIO Sonya Daniel:
*Escambia Disaster Response* – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
*Sunday, June 6 – 5:30 p.m. – Update #37*
* If you see tar or oiled debris on the beach, *DO NOT PICK IT UP*.
Report it to I-877-272-8335, #DEP from a cell phone or 1-866-448-5816.
* If you find oiled or injured wildlife. *DO NOT TOUCH. *Report it
* *The beaches at Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key remain open.*
* *The presence of tar balls continue on Pensacola Beach and Perdido
Key. Areas of impact include Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach and Gulf
Islands National Seashore. The size of the materials typically
range from 1/2 inch to 4 inches in size.*
* *Today’s adverse weather delayed air reconnaissance, clean-up and
assessment crews responding to the beach and in the Gulf of
Mexico. Currently 350 members of clean-up crews have been deployed
in Escambia County.*
* *Earlier today reported distances of oil, sheen and tar balls
varied by location along the Escambia County Coastline. It ranges
from near shore to 5 miles out. *
* *According to NOAA projections, additional impacts are expected
throughout northwest Florida within the next 72 hours due to
moderate /strong southwesterly winds.*
* *Moderate southwest winds of 5-10 mhp will continue today, but
will lessen and become more westerly tomorrow before shifting to
the south-southeast on Tuesday. There is a 50-70 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms across the northern-central Gulf and a
slight risk of severe weather across the eastern panhandle which
will hamper recovery operations across the region. Light choppy
seas of 2-4 feet expected today will lessen to 1-3 feet tomorrow.
Weather conditions will improve tomorrow and rain chances will
drop to 20-40 percent.*
* *With the impact of tar balls and mats and the proximity of the
sheen to area beaches, the Florida Department of Health has posted
information and alerts
about the health affects from the materials.*
* Reconnaissance flights and ATV beach patrols are being conducted
daily, weather permitting, to monitor Florida’s shoreline for impact.
* Escambia County Board of County Commissioners renewed the Local
State of Emergency on Thursday, June 3 at the BOCC meeting.
* Unified command continues to check, verify the condition and make
repairs as needed to currently placed booms. The county will work
with Unified Command on any placement of boom within navigable