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Cocoa and Titusville city officials declared local states of emergency starting because of Hurricane Ian's encroachment into the area.
As heavy rains and steady wind gusts began making their way into the county Wednesday, cities like Cocoa prepared by closing municipal facilities and the Cocoa City Council voted Tuesday night to declare a city-wide state of emergency to take effect 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Titusville's state of emergency took place starting 7 p.m. Tuesday with its emergency operations center opening Wednesday at 8 a.m. until the state of emergency is lift
Declaring a local state of emergency gives power to the city manager and staff to protect the city manager and staff more quickly over the next seven days when the state of emergency expires.
In that time, city staff will be able to take action more quickly if needed to address issues related to to the hurricane thanks to the state of emergency, said city spokeswoman Samantha Senger.
"It allows us to apply for reimbursement through FEMA as well," Senger said.
City of Cocoa Facilities will remain closed through Thursday
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Local states of emergency in Titusville and Cocoa due to Hurricane Ian