Access to Clearwater Beach reopened

Clearwater Police Department

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Access to Clearwater Beach has been reopened after Hurricane Irma.

Residents were allowed to return to Pinellas County at 9:30 a.m. and could return to the barrier islands at 4 p.m.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sealed off the county after Hurricane Irma moved through so deputies could conduct damage and safety assessments.

Now deputies feel the bridges for re-entry are safe to reopen.

Deputies had warned citizens to stay off all Pinellas County roadways due to hazardous conditions that included traffic light outages, downed power lines and significant debris blocking roadways.

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