PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- The Pasco County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is scaling back operations to Level Two Activation status. This means Pasco County EOC staff and other necessary County Government personnel will continue monitoring and responding to the rescue and recovery phases of Tropical Storm Hermine, and EOC operations will run daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Sunday morning.
Gov. Scott, along with Pasco County Chair Kathryn Starkey, Commissioner Jack Mariano and Sheriff Chris Nocco, toured some of the most-damaged areas of Pasco County. During his visit, Governor Scott said Pasco County suffered the worst flooding impact in the state from Hurricane Hermine.
Currently, the Anclote River is the only river in the United States at major flood stage. The Anclote crested at 25.08 feet overnight and is forecasted to slowly recede out of a major flood stage around 8:00 a.m. Monday.
Updates for Road Closures: (see attached photos from Pasco County PIO)
RESCUES AND EVACUATIONS:
Rescue crews went door-to-door in the Elfers/Anclote area Sunday; all residents who wanted to evacuate are out of their homes. Mandatory evacuees are being accepted at Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave. Hudson, FL. Fifteen people are currently being housed there.
Evacuations are affecting residents in 2,477 homes as follows:
Four areas are under mandatory evacuations, for 744 homes:
- Worthington Court Apartment complex, Rowan Road and State Road 54 in New Port Richey
- Blue Heron Mobile Home Park, 6615 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey
- Elfers Parkway Area along the Anclote River
- Suncoast Gateway Mobile Home Park, 6010 Ridge Road, Port Richey
Evacuation is recommended in the following areas, affecting 1,733 homes:
- Bass Lake Area, New Port Richey
- Lake Worrell, New Port Richey
- Magnolia Valley Area, New Port Richey
"Evacuees are encouraged to stay with family and friends; however, if that is not possible, you will be bussed to the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson. If you evacuate, make sure you bring your ID, money, any medicines, and pets," Pasco County Gov. PIO, Doug Tobin said.
Citizens who have questions, need assistance, would like to help or want to report storm damage can call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
For emergencies, dial 911. Citizens are encouraged to use social media to post flooding or other storm-related photos and information using the hashtags #pascocounty #pascostorm
As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, there are 5 road closures in Pasco County, mostly due to standing water.
Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point is still closed due to storm damage.
- West Pasco Government Center and Mitchell Park sandbag sites are open until 6 p.m.
- Emergency Management ordered 250,000 sandbags Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
- Pasco County has handed out 38,000 sandbags since Monday, August 29, 2016
- Pasco County gave out 33,000 sandbags earlier this season, for a 2016 total of 71,000 sandbags
- Residents who would like to dispose of flood-damaged items, can take them to the West Pasco Landfill at 14606 Hays Road in Spring Hill Sunday, September 4 until 7 p.m. and Monday, September 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- All fees will be waived for dumping storm-related items
- Garbage trucks will NOT be collecting trash along residential streets covered in standing water to prevent further damage to roads and homes
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