NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - From a release from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office:
FL Pasco County has rescinded the evacuation order for residents and businesses impacted by the flooding between the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. Emergency responders are now concentrating efforts on flooded areas with the boundaries and maintaining traffic control. In addition, County officials have started to gather information on damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby and they are assisting residents in shelters who are returning to their home.
The area still has the following closed roads but is allowing limited access to residents:
* SR 54 from Mitchell Ranch Rd to Madison Street
* Old County Road 54 from Little Road to County Road 54
* Thys Road to Old County Road 54
* Trouble Creek Road from Cecelia Drive to Old Mill Pond Road
Additionally, the following roads are closed on the east side of the County:
* Majestic Blvd from SR 52 to Clock Tower Parkway
* Saint Joe Rd from Old Saint Joe Road to Curley Road
* Bellamy Brothers Boulevard from Johnson Road to Bayhead Road
More than 7,000 residential and commercial addresses have been impacted by the flooding waters and Progress Energy has restored power to approximately 1,800 homes impacted. Residents are urged to inspect their main breaker before turning it on. Power officials advise not to turn on the breaker if water remains in the electrical equipment.
Pasco County has asked the State of Florida to assist in a Joint Damage Assessment after declaring a Local State of Emergency Monday morning. Working together the two entities can determine if Pasco County is eligible for Federal Damage Assistance. Qualifying for this assistance will enable residents to seek Federal assistance during the clean-up and rebuilding efforts.
Residents who experienced flooding or other damage to their property should not only contact their insurance providers, but also are requested to register the damage with the County online at http://www.pascocountyfl.net or by calling the Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959.
Residents are reminded before they enter into contracts for repairs they should work with a licensed contractor. In addition, they should tell the contractor they will verify their license by going online to MyFloridaLicense.com or by calling (850) 487-1395.
Residents who have questions should call the Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959.
Residents who self-evacuated and are returning to their property will be asked for proper identification before emergency responders will allow residents back into the impacted area. Residents are strongly encouraged to not venture out or into any flood waters. The Pasco County Health Department is reminding residents that flood waters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants as lift stations are overflowing in the flooded areas. For more information, please contact (727) 861-5250 or visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org .
For more information visit our website at http://www.pascocountyfl.net or contact the Resident Information Center at 727-847-8959.