Hurricane Irma's impact on utilities services

  • Sep 7, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 7, 2017) – Manatee County government officials are still monitoring Hurricane Irma. Officials stress that residents should still be prepared for winds and heavy rains starting as early as Sunday morning.

County Services Updates

Manatee County is adjusting some service operations this weekend in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

Garbage and recycling collection has been canceled Saturday and Monday. A decision will be made after the storm as to whether Tuesday's collections will be conducted. The Lena Road Landfill will also be closed Saturday through Monday. (Updated Saturday, Sept. 8)
The reclaimed water system will be turned off tomorrow morning for the Northwest Service area and will remain off until storm conditions have passed and damage assessments have been conducted. Residents can visit for updates after the storm passes.

Regular water services will not be shut off to mobile home parks or the island unless a mandatory evacuation is order. 

As a reminder, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) services, including fixed-route buses, the Anna Maria Island Trolley, and the Longboat Key Shuttle, will be suspended beginning tomorrow in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.


Evacuations, Emergency Shelters and Sandbags

A voluntary evacuation order for residents who live in the red Level A areas on the County’s evacuation map (download PDF map) or in mobile homes will start tomorrow at 7 a.m. Four shelters will be opened to the public beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow:

  • Myakka Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City 
  • Braden River High (pet friendly), 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton 
  • Manatee High School (pet friendly), 902 33rd St Ct W, Bradenton 
  • Mills Elementary (pet friendly), 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto 

“Our emergency shelters should be a last option for anyone who’s decided to leave their home,” said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. “We strongly encourage people to stay with family and friends outside of the evacuation area.” 

Sandbags are still available until 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. tomorrow at the following locations:

Buffalo Creek Park
7550 69th St E
Palmetto, FL 34220
G.T. Bray Park
5502 33rd Ave Dr W
Bradenton, FL 34209
Lakewood Ranch Park
5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd
Bradenton, FL 34211
Stormwater Ops
5511 39th St E
Bradenton, FL 34203
Rubonia Community Center
1309 72nd St E
Palmetto, FL 34221
For any storm-related questions, citizens are encouraged to utilize the Citizens Information Center hotline at 941-748-4501. Please only call 911 for emergencies. The Citizens Information Center is open until 8 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow. 

The next media briefing will be at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.