Cleanup crews start collecting flood debris today

The cleanup from Hurricane Hermine begins today at 7 a.m. when crews begin picking up flood debris in Pasco County.

Monday crews started picking up flood damaged debris left from Hurricane Hermine in Pasco County.

The crews will work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week over the next several weeks.

The biggest things for homeowners to keep in mind:

-Set out your debris on the curb or on the side of the street in front of your home.

- Don't put anything in bags.

-Sort things like furniture, mattresses, appliances, drywall and tree limbs.

Crews are going to start with areas that were hit the hardest in Hermine, including the areas near Elfers and the Anclote River.

Cleanup crews will run North to South in Aripeka area and South to North in the Anclote area.

Requests for debris pickup must be submitted to Pasco County Customer Service by emailing  providing the address where the debris is located. Residents can also call (727) 847-2411.

As cleanup crews make their rounds through some of the hardest hit areas, homeowners are finally getting some help from FEMA too.

Over the weekend, FEMA workers went door to door checking out damage. This part of the process will help them get money for homeowners with property damage.

The damage in Pasco is estimated at 111 million dollars - said to be the costliest storm that Pasco has ever seen. The Emergency Services director for Pasco county says the average FEMA payment to homeowners is $6,000.

Here’s how debris must be separated beginning Monday in order for cleanup crews to remove it:

* Mattresses
* Couches, sofas, chairs
* Dressers
* Lumber (if NOT pressure treated)
* Particle board
* Laminated flooring
* Dry Insulation (if wet, pile with construction debris)
* Carpet & Padding

White Goods
* Appliances
* Metal furniture
* Metal shelving
* Bicycles
* Items that are more than 75% metal

* Drywall
* Plaster board
* Ceramic tile
* Concrete
* Lumber (pressure treated)
* Wet insulation

* Tree cuttings (must be no more than 5 feet in length and all branches must be bundled)

Hazardous Waste - Delayed pick up
* Any household chemicals
* Oil, gas, flammables
* Lawn & garden chemicals
* Televisions
* Computer monitors computer towers (CPU's)

Check out this video for more information on separating storm and flood-related debris.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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