Manatee County provides update on clean up services, utilities

Dr. Scott Hopes, the Manatee County administrator, said on Wednesday he hopes people heeded...
Dr. Scott Hopes, the Manatee County administrator, said on Wednesday he hopes people heeded evacuation orders.
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:43 PM EDT
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County has provided an update on some of its services and some of his cleanups.

Utilities crews were able to restore potable water service to mobile home parks that were turned off during the emergency. Residents are encouraged to boil water for 24-48 hours or until they are notified of a recission. 

If you are out of power, it is likely your neighborhood’s lift station is not working. As a result, residents county-wide are being asked to “refrain from your drain”—limit toilet flushing, showers, dishwashing and doing laundry. 

Over the past five days, Lake Manatee dam levels have been lowered. Crews will continue to adjust water levels, as needed, over the coming days. Power is being restored across the county. As of 2 p.m., roughly half of the county’s Florida Power & Light customer were still without power. At present, there is no timeline for full power restoration. Individuals who have temporary housing needs should reach out to 3-1-1.

Manatee County is partnering with the American Red Cross to identify a suitable location for the temporary housing facility. Plans will be made available as soon as they are finalized. 

County employees relayed the biggest danger they are seeing is drivers NOT following the rules for non-functioning traffic signals. Please treat intersections with no working lights as a four-way stop. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Ian. Survey responses allow the state to expedite Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses.

It is important to share our information on damage and loss ASAP. If you need additional assistance with your business, please call 850-815-4925 between the hours of 8:a.m. to 6 p.m. or email ESF-18@em.myflorida.com is most important. 

First In Teams (FIT), damage assessment crews and inspections teams are hard at work. The FIT teams have cleared ALL primary roadways and streets throughout the county and are working to clear secondary routes today. Inspections of special needs homes are a top priority to get those individuals out of the shelter and back into their homes. Initial damage assessments to residential properties have shown in excess of $4.4 million in damages. That figure is sure to climb as more inspections are conducted. However, there has been no catastrophic damage identified.   All inspections scheduled for this week tentatively are deferred to Monday, October 3, as inspectors are performing damage assessments this week. The inspection schedule is expected to be open for new inspections on Tuesday, October 4. This schedule is subject to change based on storm recovery needs.  The Development Services Department is working to identify permit types for storm-related repairs and will be waiving related permit fees.  

Beginning Monday, tipping fees for storm debris at the Lena Road Landfill are being waived for residential customers. The landfill will operate on extended hours from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Be warned that lines and wait times could be longer than usual. The landfill will reopen Monday, October 3, garbage and recycling collections will resume the same day. Residents are cautioned to separate types of debris to ensure collection and removal by vendors.

The types of debris should be separated as follows:
Normal Household Trash
Vegetative Debris – Leaves, Branches, Logs, Plants
Construction & Demolition Debris – Building Materials, Wood Fencing, Mattresses, Carpet, Drywall, Furniture and Lumber
Appliances & White Goods (must be emptied) – Air Conditioners, Washers, Dryers, Water Heaters, Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Freezers, Stoves