Citrus County BOCC declares local State of Emergency

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has declared a local state of emergency and a MANDATORY evacuation of all residents west of Hwy 19, 1 and ½ miles east of Hwy 19 excluding Sugarmill Woods, all of the City of Crystal River, all low lying areas throughout the entire county and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes and all unsafe structures throughout the entire county.  You should evacuate locally, or to a safe location or go to one of the county shelters as a last resort. Please refer to your evacuation plan and ensure that you have all important documents and papers with you when you leave.

– Shelter locations are as follows:  For the general population shelter, go to the Lecanto Middle School, located at 3800 West Educational Path, Lecanto.  For the pet friendly shelter, go to the Lecanto Primary School located at 3790 West Educational Path, Lecanto.   For those persons registered as Special Needs in accordance with the State of Florida, go to the Renaissance School located at 3630 West Educational Path, Lecanto.  West Educational Path is approximately 2.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 44 and Hwy 491.  The shelters will open today at 2PM.  I repeat, these shelters will open today at 2PM.

– Additionally, the following general population shelters are opening at 4PM today.  Central Ridge Elementary School, located at 185 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs.  Lecanto High School located at 3810 W Educational Path, Lecanto.  Forest Ridge Elementary School located at 2927 N Forest Ridge Blvd, Hernando

–  If you are going to a shelter, bring a small bag with clothing, toiletries, medicine, pillow and blanket or sleeping bag.  Pack light with essential items as space per person is extremely limited.  For more information on what to bring to the pet friendly shelter, visit sheriffcitrus.org and click on the emergency management tab and then pet.

– Roadways are congested already and will become even more congested as people evacuate from our county and those coming from the south to get away from the hurricane’s path.

– DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POTENIAL OF THIS HURRICANE.  Citrus County will experience high winds and the potential of great storm surge.   Act Now.  Evacuate!

– For more information, go to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or visit sheriffcitrus.org.

– The citizen information line is 352-249-2775.  Do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.