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Flood Update: Pasco County Shifting Focus to Long Term Recovery

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Daylina Miller
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WUSF News
Flooding along Ridge Road

As of 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, here is the latest information regarding Pasco County Government’s response:

FLOOD WARNING

  The Anclote River remains at major flood levels.

  The National Weather Service shows a peak of the Anclote River Tuesday night at 25.25 feet and is expected to continue to fall to minor flood stage by Friday evening at 8 p.m. The historical record of 27.7 feet occurred in 1945.

  Local government cannot relieve the situation through pumping, because the rivers, streams and ground are saturated and all of the water storage areas and retention ponds are full. There is no place for the County to try and pump water to.

o  Any additional rainfall in the next few days will impact roads, yards and structures.

o  Areas that were affected by flooding last week are expected to be impacted again today.

  For residents in the Anclote River at Elfers communities the evacuation area subject to flooding is as follows:

o  See map(s) for additional information at the following link:

o  http://fl-pascocounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/20405

o  https://www.media-alert.com/listings/Person.aspx?id=62682

  Latest Anclote River Levels:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tbw&gage=ELFF1

GARBAGE PICK UP

  To assist with garbage pick-up Progressive Waste Solutions has set up a Saturday schedule in the affected flood areas. Trucks will be set up on accessible roads to collect household waste. Schedule and map will also be posted on the Pasco County web site and on social media once finalized.

  For the locations and times for Saturday pick-up

o  http://fl-pascocounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/20422

SHELTERS

  The Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter is the only shelter open in Pasco County.

  Currently there are 23 individuals in the shelter (down from 42 yesterday).

  See press release: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1026

ROADS

  Road closures are constantly changing. Residents are advised not to drive into flooded streets as vehicles could become damaged or stranded. Do not drive fast through flooded streets as the wake could damage properties.

  Roads are improving and most should be passible by Wednesday evening. To report potholes use MyPasco App. For more information about the MyPasco App go to this link: http://flpascocounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=2248

  Decubellis between Deerwood and River Ridge Boulevard is closed.

  Rowan Road at Notre Dame Drive closed

PRESS CONFERENCE

  Tuesday August 4, 2015

EVACUATION ORDER
 

Elfers

  The evacuation order was given at  7:00 a.m.  Monday (8/03/15) for the  Anclote River Estates community and the Elfers area (see  link  below), and  remains in effect.   

See previous press release below for more information about the evacuation area:

o  Press Release: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1003

o  Map of flooded area; http://fl-pascocounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/20295

Port Richey

  At approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday (8/03/15) an evacuation order was issued for Suncoast Gateway Mobile Home Park in Port Richey, FL.  The order was issued via a cooperative decision between Pasco County Fire Rescue, Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Port Richey Fire Department, and Port Richey Police Department.   Duke Energy turned off power to the community.

SAND BAGS

Self-service and bring your own shovel

  SAND BAG OPERATIONS Open 24 hours (8)
  Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey
  West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State Street, New Port Richey
  J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Rd., New Port Richey
  Fire Station #10, 7918 Rhodes Rd., Hudson
  Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd., Hudson
  C- Barn on 30906 Warder Rd., San Antonio.
  Fire Station #1, 6907 Dairy Rd., Zephyrhills
  6240 Pine Hill Rd., New Port Richey. Limit 10 bags and must be a city of New Port Richey resident.

WATER SUPPLY

  County is working with public health to identify need for portable sanitation stations.
If your well is in a flooded area, your water may contain disease-causing bacteria and may not be safe to drink.
 

DOH recommends one of the following:

  Boil water for at least 1 minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.

  Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.

  Use only bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.

After the flooding subsides:

  Disinfect your well using these steps: http://goo.gl/yu09xb

  You can have your water tested through the Pasco County Environmental Lab or by a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis. For more information call the Resident Information Center (727) 847-2411.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS (9-1-1)

  Only call 9-1-1 for emergencies. All other calls for County services, call the Resident Information Center (RIC). The RIC’s information line is (727) 847-2411, (352) 523-2411, (813) 996-2411. Or call 211.

POWER ISSUES

  There are 384 residents without power as a result of flooding in west Pasco County. Pasco Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation  and  is currently transitioning  to long term recovery for this flooding event.  Citizens are encouraged to visit the County’s Emergency Management webpage  at  www.PascoEmergencyManagement.com,  monitor  Pasco  County  main  page  for  press  releases  at www.pascocountyfl.net and Pasco County Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/pascocounty.

SPANISH/OTHER LANGUAGES: All press releases related to the flooding are available on  MyPasco App.

The  App  will  automatically  translate  on  smart  phones  to  the  chosen  language.   MyPasco  App  translates  into Spanish  and  70  other  languages.  For  more  information  about  the  MyPasco  App  go  to  this  link:  http://flpascocounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=2248

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