Temporary shelter open, one road closed after days of intense rain

  • Aug 28, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 28, 2017) – One County road remains closed and one shelter is open for displaced homeowners after more than 11 inches of rain left much of southern Manatee County under water this week.

Manatee County officials say more rain has come from the weekend storms than from last year's Hurricane Hermine which pounded northern areas of the County. This storm has taken its toll on south and eastern portions of the County. All residents from the Centre Lakes subdivision evacuated their homes, and a few others have as well according to Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris.

St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W., remains open as a temporary shelter today, a location close to many of Manatee's hardest hit areas and displaced residents. 

"We continue to stress to people the importance of not driving through or around road barricades and flooded roads," Burris said. "If people have unmet needs, we're trying to connect them with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other volunteer groups who are helping."

Prospect Road from 63rd Avenue to Whitfield Avenue is the only road in unincorporated Manatee County that is closed to traffic. Other roads in southern parts of the County remain under water and should be avoided. 

Burris said anyone wanting to report damages should call their homeowner's insurance companies first. Manatee residents may also call Manatee County Citizens Action Center at (941) 742-5800 to report damage. She urged Manatee County residents to stay tuned to local news reports and weather forecasts that provide updates on upcoming severe weather. Residents may also sign up for Code Red for local weather warnings. 
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