1 shelter opens in Manatee County, county roads back open after flooding

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 21:03:08-04

UPDATE 6:21p: Creekwood is now open.

UPDATE 4:50p: According to Manatee County officials Creekwood Blvd at SR 70 is only County Road officially closed right now.

Original story:

Manatee County officials open a shelter for flooded homeowners at St. George's Episcopal Church Sunday as heavy rain continues.

St. George's Episcopal Church is at 912 63rd. Ave. W. in Bradenton.

Manatee County Area Transit buses are carrying displaced residents to the shelter today.

Manatee County Emergency Management chief Sherilyn Burris said the church should be a last resort for anyone seeking temporary shelter.

"We always urge people to seek lodging where they'll be most comfortable," Burris said. "We're assisting anyone who needs help to the emergency shelter, but your best bet is to stay in a more familiar place with family or friends."

Four county roads pounded by heavy rains also have been closed.

The following roads in the Bradenton area have been deemed impassable:

  • Creekwood Boulevard at State Road 70.
  • Tara Boulevard south of State Road 70.
  • Morgan Johnson Road at State Road 64.
  • Orlando Avenue from 5th Street West to Orlando Circle

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