County focusing on damage assessment, recovery as Hurricane Hermine passes Friday

  • Sep 2, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 2, 2016) -- Manatee County officials are busy assessing local damages and human needs as the last remnants of Hurricane Hermine pass over the area. Another 1 - 1.5 inches of rain could fall over the next 24 hours meaning more local flooding along low lying areas may occur.

Winds reached 50 MPH and rain totals were as high as 10 inches in some areas around Manatee. Though there are no official road closures, standing water makes some areas impassible until waters recede.

Manatee residents wanting to report damage to homes or impassable roads should call Manatee Citizens Information Center at (941) 748-4501. The CIC will be open through 5 p.m. tonight, and anyone wanting to report damage over the weekend may leave a message at (941) 749-3500, ext. 1667.

Public Works and Public Safety crews did a pre-dawn assessment of Manatee roads and found better-than-expected conditions in many areas. However, downed tree limbs and power lines, coupled with standing water in low-lying areas remain a concern for travelers. Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey said if people see downed power lines, they should assume they are energized and stay clear of them and the surrounding water.

“The amount of rain we received overnight was not as great as predicted, so roads are better than we anticipated,” said Hermey. “But there are pockets where there’s water over the roads. Anna Maria Island roads are under water. We’re asking people to only go out if necessary and to use extreme caution when you do.”

Because of flooding on Anna Maria, the Anna Maria Island Trolley, Beach Express and Longboat Key Trolleys will not run today and will not resume until Island roads are passible. MCAT routes resumed at 7 a.m. today but some routes may be running late because of detours and road conditions. Paratransit service also began at 7 a.m., but will only accept requests for essential medical appointments today. Other current scheduled appointments will be honored, weather permitting.

County offices are reopening today at 10 a.m. Manatee schools are closed. Courts are also open today. The Supervisor of Elections Office is closed today.

Public Works crews will distribute sandbags until noon today at the following locations:

Buffalo Creek Park, 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto             
G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W., Bradenton  
Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton   
Stormwater Ops, 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton   
Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto

For the latest updates from Manatee County, follow on us Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement

 

Friday, 9/2/16 - County offices to reopen at 10 a.m., Manatee Schools closed

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 1, 2016) -- County officials tonight continued to urge residents to stay off local roads while Manatee remains under a tropical storm warning and a flood watch overnight.


MCAT routes will resume at 7 a.m. tomorrow with possible delays and detours. Paratransit service will also begin at 7 a.m., but will only accept requests for essential medical appointments tomorrow. Other current scheduled appointments will be honored, weather permitting.

“We’re expecting more wind and rain tonight, so drivers should remain off the roads until tomorrow morning if possible,” said Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey. “Conditions will remain wet and potentially dangerous in the morning, so drivers should remain cautious on the way to work.”

Some Manatee County roads remain under water, and officials continue to remind drivers not to drive through standing water. In Manatee, many manhole covers have come loose making standing water especially dangerous for drivers.

An estimated 2,300 customers are without power according to Peace River Electric Cooperative and FPL websites.

Manatee’s Citizen Information Center will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m., so residents may call with questions or concerns may call (941) 748-4501.  

For the latest updates on the storm from Manatee County, follow on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement

County urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel tonight as T.S. Hermine rolls over Manatee

 

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 1, 2016) -- Manatee County Government officials are encouraging people to be off the roads and avoid unnecessary travel this evening and tonight as the strongest wind and rains from Tropical Storm Hermine arrive after sundown

Most of the heavy storm activity will occur during the night; the National Weather Service is predicting up to 6 inches of rain will fall tonight. NWS extended its Tropical Storm Warning south to Manatee and Sarasota counties earlier today.  
 
County crews will make an early-morning assessment of local roads, and a decision will be made by 8 a.m. whether to reopen County operations and MCAT routes. If the decision is made to reopen, the County will resume business at 10 a.m.  
 
A decision on whether to reopen Manatee Schools tomorrow will be made by 8 p.m. tonight.  
 
County Government employees are asked to monitor the County website for updates on tomorrow's workday. Announcements will also be posted on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGovor follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement

 

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Manatee officials: Stay off local roads as more rain, winds from T.S. Hermine arrive today & Friday

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 1, 2016) -- Manatee County Emergency Management officials are urging people to avoid driving and walking through standing water this week as T.S. Hermine continues to bring heavy rains to the area later today. 

Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey warned of more potential flooding and strong gusts later this afternoon as feeder bands enter Manatee from T.S. Hermine. Hermey said another 10 inches of rain through Friday. Wind gusts of up to 25 m.p.h. from feeder bands are expected through this evening. 

Manatee officials are in regular contact with the State Division of Emergency Management and continue to receive briefings on weather conditions from the National Weather Service. A decision will be made later today whether to reopen local government and school offices tomorrow. No local shelters are open today. Manatee County is working with the Red Cross on temporary shelter needs throughout this storm. 

Public Works crews continue to distribute sandbags through 7 p.m. tonight at the following five locations:

Buffalo Creek Park, 7550 69th St E Palmetto            
G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W Bradenton 
Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Bradenton  
Stormwater Ops, 5511 39th St E Bradenton  
Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St E Palmetto


"We're going to continue seeing rain today and on Friday, to what extent we don't know," Hermey said. We're focusing on the 'Turn around don't drown' message because there's water on the road and people should avoid those roads." 

Downed power lines can electrify standing water. In Manatee, many manhole covers have come loose making standing water especially dangerous for drivers. Hermey encouraged people to stay off the roads, if possible. 

Manatee residents with questions about the storm or about local conditions should call Manatee Citizens Information Center at (941) 748-4501.  

More details will be delivered  during a 3 p.m. media briefing at the Manatee Emergency Operations Center, 2101 47th Terr. E., Bradenton.  

For the latest updates on the storm from Manatee County,

follow on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov

or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement

 

County Government Offices closed immediately and tomorrow, Sept. 1

 

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 31, 2016) Due to flooding in the area and more rain in the forecast, County Government Offices are closed effective immediately. Offices will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 1. The Land Use meeting scheduled for tomorrow will be re-noticed and re-advertised to dates in the future.

 “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re sending employees home and asking them to take necessary precautions for their families,” said County Administrator Ed Hunzeker.


Manatee County Emergency Operations Center, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton, will begin a Level 2 partial activation tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. and there will be a press briefing at 10 a.m.

 

Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey and his team are actively monitoring the storm and said local flooding has begun to occur in low-lying areas around Manatee. Public Safety Director asks that Manatee residents not call 911 for weather information. The County’s Citizens Information Center line, (941) 748-4501 has been activated until 10 p.m. tonight.

 

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.