Manatee County continues Hurricane Irma response effort

  • Sep 12, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 12, 2017) – Thousands of Manatee County residents remain without power and Manatee County Emergency Operations Center remains at a partial activation today as hundreds of people continue to call the County with Irma-related questions.

Power outages have complicated water-related issues around the County, as well. Wastewater pump stations are not working in areas without electricity, and Manatee County Utility asked residents avoid flushing toilets, taking showers and doing laundry. Wastewater has nowhere to go and can back up inside the home until power is restored. A boil water notice remains in place until Thursday for Anna Maria Island residents. 

Damage assessment crews are canvassing Manatee County today as residents called the Citizens Information Center (CIC) line to report damages. The CIC line, (941) 749-3547, is the first number people should call to ask for non-emergency help from the County. CIC call takers will request a homeowner's name, number and address that will allow assessment crews to assist, and track all Irma-related damages. 

Irma-related damages were not as severe in Manatee County than in other Florida communities, and local damages have been limited to private properties throughout Manatee County. County officials likely won't know for many days or weeks the full extent of Irma damages. They say calling the CIC is the first step in getting help. 

Manatee County homeowners should call their homeowners insurance company to file a claim for property damages. Residents may also call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to report damage at 1-800-621-FEMA. Residents with damage can also register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov

Manatee Utilities said hazardous waste/e-scrap collection scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. Residents should plan to bring their household hazardous waste and e-scrap to the scheduled collection at the Lena Road Landfill on Saturday, Oct. 21. 

Household hazardous waste can also be taken to the following locations on Sat., Oct. 21:
  •    Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  •    Manatee County Utilities Department, 4410 66th St. W., Bradenton, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Radioactive and bio-hazardous materials and e-scrap will not be accepted on those dates. E-scrap can also be disposed on Sat., Oct. 7 at the Utilities Department listed above, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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 at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.