Be safe while waiting for normal daily routines to return
Pinellas County Emergency Management officials and partners are well into the response and recovery phase following Hurricane Irma. First responders, including county staff and other partners continue working to restore services throughout the community.
Public Works crews completed initial road clearing and will begin a second phase over the next several days to remove storm debris from rights of way. All county-maintained bridges have been inspected and are opened.
The Pinellas County Utilities potable water system is safe and there is no need to boil water.
Duke Energy is working with the county to restore power on a priority basis to sewer pump stations. As this work continues, residents are reminded to limit water usage by remembering the following steps:
· Do not pour water down the drain.
· Avoid doing loads of laundry or running the dishwasher
· Limit flushing toilets when possible.
Additionally as traffic signals continue experiencing outages, drivers are reminded to treat intersections with non-working lights as a four-way stop.
Two public shelters remain open, displaced residents can take refuge at Ross Norton Recreation Center (1426 S M.L.K. Jr Ave., Clearwater) or John Sexton Elementary School (1997 54th Ave N., St. Petersburg).
Two shelters also remain open for residents with special needs, they are located at John Hopkins Middle School (701 16th St. S., St. Petersburg) and Oak Grove Middle School (1370 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater).
Pinellas County government offices and parks will remain closed Tuesday, Sept. 12, due to recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will return to its normal operations on Tuesday, Sept 12. Citizens should call their airline for specific flight updates. The Solid Waste facility will resume normal business hours at 6 a.m.
County parks, preserves and Heritage Village will reopen on Saturday, September 16.
The county’s Citizen Information Center closed Monday at 10 p.m. and will resume operation on Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Citizens can call that line with questions at (727) 464-4333.
All Pinellas County citizens are urged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by checking local media outlets and the county website (www.pinellascounty.org) and county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.