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Mandatory evacuation issued for Zone A in Manatee County

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Manatee County residents in Flood Zone A.

The evacuation applies to those living in mobile homes and anyone in the County’s evacuation Level A, red-colored areas on the map near the coast, rivers, streams and low lying areas.

Dr. Bencie Health Dept: 941-749-3030 please call this number for special needs shelter info. Please contact your medical provider for medical needs.

When evacuating to a shelter, you need to bring all of your supplies for you and your bedding, medicines, pet items, etc.

 For evacuating residents, 23 of Manatee County's 24 temporary shelters will be open by 4 p.m. today. County employees are helping to staff the shelters and assist with other emergency duties, so County offices will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday next week. 

Manatee residents should take two forms of identification with them to ensure a smooth reentry to their neighborhoods and homes when conditions are safe. Sheriff Wells said said a valid driver's license and a utility bill or other similar bill will ensure residents have an easy path to re-entry of evacuated areas. 

Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker asked Manatee County residents to remain calm and patient as the storm approaches. He added that government offices will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday while County employees work in their emergency response roles. 

Emergency Communications Chief Jake Saur asked for Manatee County residents to only call 911 in an emergency. Other calls with concerns or questions related to Hurricane Irma should be directed to the Citizens Information Center line at (941) 749-3547. 

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