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Pasco County Hurricane Irma Update 9/15/17

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 16, 2017

Pasco County “Hurricane Irma” recovery operations continue to support citizens in Pasco County.

Donations:

Pasco County Government and Metropolitan Ministries are accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Donated items can be dropped off at the Suncoast Crossing Plaza located at:
Pasco County Staging Area
16400 State Road 54
Odessa, FL 33556

*Click HERE for a printable flyer of most needed items: http://bit.ly/2fow5Qw

Road Closures

Due to unsafe road conditions & flooding, many roads are inaccessible. To get the latest on road closures check our interactive map: http://ow.ly/wUm330fbpzi

Water Use Limits

Due to continued wide-scale power outages, people who live in the following Pasco County locations please continue to limit your water use to reduce demands on sewer systems until further notice: 1. Beacon Square 2. Dupree Lakes 3. Eagle Island 4. Forest Hills 5. Gardens of Beacon Square 6. Holiday Hills 7. Key Vista 8. LaVilla Gardens 9. Panther Run 10. Sable Ridge 11. Swan Landing 12. Tanglewood Terrace 13. Timber Oaks

Individual and Household Assistance Available

After working closely with FEMA, Rep. Gus Bilirakis announced that Pasco County has been added to the list of counties that will receive Individual Assistance (IA) from FEMA. Residents can now make claims for individual assistance through FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1.800.621.3362.

Businesses Affected by Irma

The Florida Bridge Loan has been activated, as well as some federal programs to assist businesses who have experienced losses during Irma. Please visit www.pascocountyfl.net and click on the icon “Businesses Affected by Hurricane Irma” for more information.

SunWest Park

Sunwest Park’s beaches, aqua park, kayaks and paddle board rentals are expected to open Saturday, September 16, 2017. The cable system at SunWest Park is expected to open Monday, September 18, 2017.

Recharge Your Devices

For residents still without electricity, the Pasco County Libraries are reminding citizens that most of their libraries are now open. They invite residents to come in and relax, cool off in the AC, use their free WiFi, and charge their portable devices. Please note that the South Holiday branch remains closed until power is restored.

Generator Safety

Residents using generators are reminded to use caution when operating them. While generators can make recovery from a storm more comfortable, they can cause injury or death if not used properly. For a list of safety tips when using a portable generator, click here: http://bit.ly/2f9HC9o

Pasco County River Flood Warning

Flood warnings are still in effect for Anclote River, Cypress Creek, & Withlacoochee River. Voluntary evacuations surrounding the Anclote River remain in effect.

Pasco County Government Offices

Government offices will be open regular business hours unless otherwise noted below:

Pasco County Elderly Nutrition

Elderly Nutrition has resumed normal operations with the exception to the following Senior Centers which remain closed until their power has been restored:
 Land O’ Lakes Senior Center
 Southgate Senior Center
 Zephyrhills Senior Center St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church
All seniors with questions are requested to contact your local area Senior Center or our main offices at 727.834.3340.

Pasco County Library Cooperative

All libraries have resumed normal operations with the exception of the South Holiday branch which is still without power.

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

All parks are open for the enjoyment of our citizens, except for the following until further notice:
o Anclote River Park
o Crews Lake Park
o J Ben Harrill Recreation Complex
o JB Starkey Wilderness Park
o Key Vista Nature Park
o Moon Lake Park Boat Ramp
o Pasco Palms Preserve
o Robert K. Rees Park
o Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve
o WH Jack Mitchell Park (athletic fields only closure)
o Withlacoochee River Park

Pasco County Government: As staff continues to work with Hurricane Irma recovery, some public hearings, meetings, and workshops are being continued or cancelled. For a full listing please

Pasco County School District: Pasco School District is expected to resume normal operations on Monday, September 18, 2017. For more information, visit: www.pasco.k12.fl.us

Pasco-Hernando State College: Expected to reopen all campuses on Monday, September 18, 2017. Administrators, faculty, and staff should report to work on Friday, September 15, 2017. Anyone experiencing difficulties returning to work or class should contact their supervisors or instructors.

Precautionary Boil Water Notices:
o Crystal Springs (Zephyrhills) – due to a generator being down.
o Linda Lakes (Lutz)
o Angus Valley, Wesley Chapel
o Pasadena Shores, Dade City
o Forest Hills, Holiday

What to do with debris?

Pasco County Utilities, Solid Waste, and Resource Recovery Department, will begin debris removal starting the week of Monday, September 18, 2017. Residential fees for Hurricane Irma related debris are waived, and residents can bring debris to the East Pasco Transfer Station at 9626 Handcart Road, Dade City or the Resource Recovery Facility at 14606 Hays Rd., Spring Hill. The East Pasco Transfer Station can only accept yard debris no larger than 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. All debris that is larger can be taken to the landfill located at 14606 Hays Road. For full details on how to prepare for debris removal please view: http://bit.ly/2fg88e3

What to do with sandbags?

Sandbag stations are now open and will be open daily from 8 a.m. until midnight to help residents protect their property from potential flooding in river communities throughout the county. Locations to pick-up and disposal of sandbags no longer needed, visit: http://bit.ly/2xieOlM

Citizens or businesses who need help or have questions can call the Pasco County Customer Service line at 727.847.2411. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Citizens are encouraged to use social media to post flooding or other storm-related photos and information using the following hashtags: #pascocounty #irma #pascostorm

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