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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Broward needs to be more prepared next time

With well over 150,000 homes still without power in Broward County School cancelled for the week and the roads still a mess, the following boil water alert was issued.

The Broward County Health Department has announced that a boil water order is still in effect for the following areas of Broward County:- A portion of Coral Springs to any customer who pays their water bills to the City of Coral Springs and who live in the area bordered by Wiles Road North, Royal Palm Boulevard South, Sawgrass Expressway West, and State Road 7/U.S. 441 East;- City of Fort Lauderdale;- Hillsboro Beach;- Lauderdale-by-the-Sea;- North Lauderdale;- Oakland Park;- Sea Ranch Lakes;- Tamarac – east of 31st Avenue only;- Wilton Manors;- Port Everglades;- and the community of Hacienda Village in Davie.

The question is whether or not local lawmakers will take thenecessaryy steps to create theinfrastructuree to prevent such widespread disruption of business and personal lives after the next minimal hurricane that blows through South Florida. Broward County Mayor Kristen Jacobs deserves praise for her willingness to work with officials from different entities to speed up the recovery, but more preemptive measures must be taken by local government before the next storm season.

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