So now that Hurricane Irma is just a bad memory, Manatee County residents might be wondering when they can get rid of all signs of her.
Unfortunately, Manatee County reports only trash that fits inside your garbage can will be collected this week. Large items, debris and yard waste will be picked up at a later date. The county said an update on collection times will be given later this week.
Regular trash will be collected on a modified schedule this week. Those with Tuesday/Friday collection will have their trash picked up at their normal times. Those with Monday/Thursday collection times will have their trash picked up on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Manatee County Utilities will not pick up recycling this week.
The School District of Manatee County has closed its schools Tuesday, when it will announce if students will return on Wednesday.
Manatee County government offices, the Department of Health and the Clerk of Circuit Courts are closed on Tuesday. Manatee County Area Transit buses resume normal routes Tuesday. The Manatee County Commissioners, originally scheduled to meet on Tuesday, will move their meeting to Thusday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. in the first floor chambers of the County Administration Center. The Sept. 14 Planning Commission meeting at 9 a.m. has been moved from the Commssion Chambers to the Manatee Room.
Bridges to Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key reopened at noon Monday.
The Citizens Information Center line, 749-3547, will remain open Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, go to mymanatee.org or call 748-4501.
Manatee County offered post-hurricane guidelines, including:
“All Clear” indicates that the emergency or storm is over. It does not mean that you are cleared to return to your home. You need to listen to local authorities for authorization to return to a specific area.
Do not touch loose or dangling electrical wires. If you notice such problems, do not turn the power on and report this condition to proper authorities.
Beware of outdoor hazards (snakes, stray animals, and other critters). Be alert for potholes, sinkholes, structural damage, etc.
Guard against spoiled food. If there is any doubt, discard It is better to be on the safe side.
Do not sightsee, which hampers recovery efforts.
If personal damage to your household goods is encountered, contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible.
Florida Power and Light and Peace River Electric had almost 130,000 customers without power in Manatee County on Monday morning.