Tampa Bay After Irma: Withlacoochee Evacuations, Humane Society Looting, Debris Pickup, Roof Repair

TAMPA, FL – While Tampa Bay residents felt blessed a week after Hurricane Irma’s predicted devastation was mitigated by a run east, problems still lingered, from evacuations in Hernando County to looting around Tampa Humane Society. More households had electricity, grocery stores were mostly full, restaurants were open and full, and there were no long lines to get gasoline. More problems in the Atlantic emerged as Hurricane Maria hit Irma’s path, but those were concerns for another day. Schools in Tampa Bay are slated to open on Monday.

Duke Energy missed the Saturday night deadline to bring its clients back to power in Pinellas, but it was getting closer. It was the second deadline the utility had missed, having originally announced it would restore power by Friday evening. The utility said it planned to call many of its Florida customers during the daytime on Sunday to confirm that service was restored to their area. The recorded call prompts customers to notify Duke Energy if they are out of power. According to Duke Energy, 14,088 of its 540,933 customers (3 percent) were out of power on Sunday morning, compared to 4 percent on Saturday morning, but should be back by midnight. Around 1 percent of customers in Pasco were without electricity.

Meanwhile, Tampa Electric had set a deadline of Sunday evening and reported on Saturday evening that all customers had electricity. (For more information on hurricane-related news and other Tampa stories, subscribe to Patch for daily newsletters and breaking news notifications. If you have an iPhone, click here for the free Patch iPhone app. )

Floods have been reported along the Withlacoochee River in Hernando County. The authorities asked residents of flood-prone areas to evacuate. Residents in Talisman Estates, Riverdale and other areas along the Withlacoochee River were affected, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. A record high of the river is expected in these areas.

The river has reached a major high tide at the Trilby Lane, standing at 16.79 feet on Sunday afternoon and is expected to peak at 17.5 feet on Wednesday. It will likely be the end of the week before the water level starts to drop there.

Hernando County officials said 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate because of the river’s flooding. It is believed that around 1,900 homes are threatened by the river.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay received much-needed support from a county that experienced its own share of disasters following Hurricane Irma on Sunday September 10th. According to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, looters took equipment from one of their sheds and water tainted a large supply of dry dog ​​and cat food and supplies. An estimated loss of $ 50,000 in operating income was also reported as it was closed for four days.

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center will deliver 11 pallets of pet food to the Humane Society in Tampa Bay on Monday morning, courtesy of the Caloosa Humane Society in Hendry County.

The GasBuddy website only showed 10 stores in Tampa Bay with no gas supply. Only two were still without power.

No more spotty cell phone service for Tampa Bay

No county in Florida has more than 50 percent of its cell locations, and only three counties – all in South Florida – have 20 percent or more of their cell locations outside, according to federal officials.

The Federal Communications Commission updated the breakdown of cell phone failures by county in a communications services status report on Saturday.

Overall, the FCC said 5.8 percent of Florida cellular sites were down on Saturday, compared to 8.5 percent on Friday and 13.4 percent the day before.

Hillsborough County

  • 20 cell sites had failed, or 1.8 percent (versus 2.4 percent).

Polk County

  • 24 cell sites were down, or 5 percent (versus 7.7 percent).

Pinellas County

  • 29 cell sites had failed, or 4.9 percent (versus 6.7 percent).

Pasco County

  • 15 cell sites had failed or 4.7 percent (versus 7.2 percent)

Manatee County

  • 3 cell sites had failed or 1.3 percent (versus 2.5 percent)

Sarasota County

  • 22 cell sites had failed or 9 percent (from 8.6 percent)

Temporary roof repair available to Tampa Bay residents

While residents affected by Hurricane Irma wait for their roofs to be repaired, the federal government is running a program that can help provide temporary roofing to prevent further damage to the home.

Hillsborough County would like to announce to residents that they may be eligible to put free temporary coverings on their homes through Operation Blue Roof.

Operation Blue Roof is a Federal Emergency Management Agency priority mission administered by contractors from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The program provides fiber reinforced sheeting and installations to cover damaged roofs for homeowners in disaster areas until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

Hillsborough County residents can register for the free program from September 18-22 at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner. The library is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Largo begins collecting Hurricane Irma debris

Like many of the surrounding Pinellas County communities, the town of Largo has asked residents to prepare for debris collection after Hurricane Irma hit through on Sunday, September 10th. The city of Largo advised its residents to bring storm-induced debris to the public right of way for collection. Storm debris collection will begin on Monday September 18th and will be collected by outside contractors.

Dunedin begins collecting Hurricane Irma debris

While the city of Dunedin is still grappling with some power outages, both Hurricane Irma debris collection and regular curb service will resume this week. The city of Dunedin says the disaster truck will begin collecting on Monday September 18. In addition, on September 18, the regular roadside days for green and blue carts will be back on schedule. The city has no time frame for solid waste special services are restarted.

Debris collection begins Monday in Hillsborough, Pasco Counties

Clean-up operations in the Tampa area continued on Friday. Hillsborough County residents cleaning up their yards can begin disposing of vegetative storm debris as garbage disposal, according to a county news release.

Due to the extent of the storm debris caused by Hurricane Irma, the collection of contracted garden waste will begin on Monday. The residents should have yard waste in piles on the way to collection by Monday. Do not block access to storm sewers, utility boxes, or roads.

While storm debris is being collected, the trucks will work systematically in all parts of the city. Due to the scale of the storm damage, the trucks may have to make multiple passes through the neighborhoods over the next few weeks, making sure that any storm debris disposed of by residents is removed.

The garbage dumps in the district courtyards are open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at extended times. Residents must present a valid Florida driver’s license to receive free garbage disposal. Open yard waste facilities are:

  • Falkenburg Road- 346 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa 33619
  • Northwest County – 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa 33625
  • South County – 13000 US Highway 41, Gibsonton 33534
  • Hillsborough Heights – 6209 County Road 579, Seffner 33584 (open Wednesdays)

In Pasco County, the solid waste recovery and resources department will begin disposing of waste on Monday.

In preparation for the move, Pasco County’s homeowners must have all waste taken to the curb or curb for collection. Residents should be aware and take care not to block hydrants, mailboxes, switch boxes or other structures. Waste generated by the contractor will not be included. Also, don’t pack any foreign objects, and refrigerators should be empty and doors secured or removed. Waste collection requests must be sent to the Pasco County Customer Service Center by sending an email to [email protected] specifying the address where the waste is located. Residents can also call Customer Service at 727.847.2411.

Dirt must be divided into the following categories:

  • Furniture:
  • Mattresses, sofas, sofas, chairs, chests of drawers, sawn timber (if not pressure treated), chipboard, laminate flooring, dry insulation (if wet, stacks of construction), carpet and upholstery.

Construction: drywall, plasterboard, ceramic tile, concrete, lumber (pressure treatment) and wet insulation.

Tampa Bay residents can apply for disaster relief

Tampa Bay residents lost or disrupted their jobs or self-employment as a result of Hurricane Irma can apply for disaster relief payments.

Disaster relief is available to people who:

  • Worked or was self-employed or should start work or self-employment
  • They are unable to work or provide services due to physical damage or destruction to their workplace as a direct result of Hurricane Irma
  • Not entitled to regular unemployment benefits from any state
  • Unable to work or be self-employed due to an injury as a direct result of Hurricane Irma
  • Became a breadwinner or primary supporter of a household due to the death of the head of the household as a direct result of the disaster

DUA is available from Unemployment Weeks from Sunday September 10th to Sunday March 17th 2018, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be attributable to the disaster.

To file a DUA claim, visit www.floridajobs.org or call (800) 385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.

Sarasota County residents who are eligible for temporary roofing

For residents of Sarasota County waiting for their roofs to be repaired after Hurricane Irma blown on September 10, the federal government has a program that can help provide temporary roofing to prevent further damage to the home . Sarasota County is committed to communicating to residents that they may be eligible to put free temporary coverings on their homes through Operation Blue Roof.

Operation Blue Roof is a Federal Emergency Management Agency priority mission administered by contractors from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The program provides fiber reinforced sheeting and installations to cover damaged roofs for homeowners in disaster areas until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

Sarasota County residents can register at the Right of Entry Center at Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The facility, which opened on Sunday, September 17th, will remain open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week.

Photo: Tampa Bay residents enjoy some libations at World Of Beer in Tampa. Photo by Patch Editor Don Johnson.

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