Pasco County issues flood update

Pasco flooding in Jasmine Lake estates continues to be a problem.

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) – Pasco County Emergency Operations Center remains activated. As of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015, here is the latest information regarding Pasco County Government’s response to this flooding event:

COMMUNITY SUPPORT STATIONS
County officials continue conducting assessments of Jasmine Lakes, Magnolia Valley, Crane’s Roost, and Bass Lake. Community Support Stations will be staffed 7:00am to 7:00pm to assist families in need of food and water. Pasco County is also using high profile vehicles to assist families in need that do not have means of transportation to the Community Support Stations.
The Community Support Stations are located at:
 Jasmine Lakes: On Willow Drive between Mimosa and Pineapple
 Magnolia Valley: Near the Golf Club on Massachusetts Ave
 Elfers: On SR 54 at Celtic Dr
 Bass Lake: At Bass Lake Dr at Wicker Ln

STATE DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
Governor Rick Scott signed a State Declaration of Emergency for Pasco County Thursday afternoon. This declaration will provide additional State resources to be deployed in Pasco County. It is also one of the triggers to get Federal disaster assistance.
 Residents who have damage to their house as a result of flooding need to notify the county.
 Call the Resident Information Center at (727) 847-2411, (352) 523-2411, (813) 996-2411
 Pasco County web page, click on the Customer Service Center and then Submit A Request

GARBAGE PICK UP IN IMPACTED AREAS
 To assist with garbage pick-up Progressive Waste Solutions has set up a Saturday schedule in the affected flood areas. Trucks will be set up on accessible roads to collect household waste.
 Regular curbside pickup may not occur on your normal schedule. Waste collection providers are working hard to reach all accessible areas as soon as possible.
 For the locations and times for Saturday pick-up
 If you are not in an affected flood area you will have your normal garbage pickup.

FLOOD WATERS
 The Anclote River is at minor flood levels.
The Watersheds are at full capacity and additional rain or runoff will not be absorbed.

SAFETY People coming into contact with floodwaters should thoroughly rinse any exposed body parts with soap and sanitized or disinfected water.
Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating insects. Avoid contact with flood waters as much as possible.
 Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with floodwaters. Discard any food without a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with floodwaters.
 Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the labels, wash the cans thoroughly, and then disinfect them with a solution consisting of 1/4 cup of unscented household  bleach per gallon of water for clean surfaces. Re-label your cans, including the expiration date, with a marker.
 Food containers with screw-caps, snap lids and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come in contact with floodwaters because they cannot be effectively disinfected.

WATER SUPPLY
Municipal water supplies are unaffected.
Pasco County continues to work with public health to identify need and placement for portable sanitation stations.
If your water is supplied by a well and you are in a flooded area, your water may contain disease-causing bacteria and may not be safe to drink. The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County        recommends one of the following:
Bring water to a full rolling boil for at least 1 minute and allow to cool to room temperature before using it for drinking, mixing baby formula, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure one time. If the water remains cloudy do not use. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.
Use commercially bottled water.
 After the flooding subsides:
 Have your water tested through the Pasco County Environmental Lab or by a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis.

Water Testing Info Process
 For areas where wells have been impacted by flooding, Pasco County will be providing water testing free of charge through Pasco County Environmental Lab.
 Water will be tested for bacteriological only (total coliform P/A).
 New Port Richey, Fl. 34654 (727) 847-8902 Hours: M-F 8:00a-5:00p

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETINGS
 Pasco County is scheduling informational meetings for persons affected by the recent flooding events. As the flooding events affected each watershed area differently, and in order to address issues that may be unique to that area, a series of meetings will be scheduled by watershed.
 To find out what watershed you reside in you can use the Southwest Florida Water Management District Watershed Search tool at: http://www21.swfwmd.state.fl.us/basincountylookup/

PUBLIC TRANSIT
 All buses are running regular routes except Route 25 which is diverted around the Carlton Arms Apartments on Rowan Rd. just S. of Ridge Rd. and N. of Massachusetts Ave.

ANIMAL ISSUES
 If your pet is missing, visit the Pasco County Animal Services Division located at 19640 Dogpatch Ln., Land O’Lakes. Pet food donations are being accepted at this location as well.

SHELTERS
 The Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter remains open.
 Currently there are 16 individuals in the shelter.

ROADS
 Road closures are constantly changing. Residents are advised not to drive into flooded streets as vehicles could become damaged or stranded.
 Decubellis between Deerwood and River Ridge Boulevard is now open.
 A list of current road closures can be found on the Pasco County webpage
o Rowan Road between Bandura Ave and Notre Dame Drive remains closed.
o Majestic Boulevard between Ridge Road and Massachusetts Ave remains closed.
 Please do not drive fast through flooded streets. This causes a wake that could push the water into homes and/or businesses, causing additional damage.
 To report pot holes:
o Use the MyPasco App. For more information about the MyPasco App go to this link: http://fl-pascocounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=2248
o Call the Resident Information Center at (727) 847-2411, (352) 523-2411, (813) 996-2411
o Pasco County web page, click on the Customer Service Center and then Submit A Request

SAND BAGS Self-service and bring your own shovel
 SAND BAG OPERATIONS Open 24 hours (8)
 Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey
 West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State Street, New Port Richey
 J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Rd., New Port Richey
 Fire Station #10, 7918 Rhodes Rd., Hudson
 Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd., Hudson
 C- Barn on 30906 Warder Rd., San Antonio
 Fire Station #1, 6907 Dairy Rd., Zephyrhills
 6240 Pine Hill Rd., New Port Richey. Limit 10 bags and must be a city of New Port Richey resident

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