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Debris Removal Process
Update-Sumter County Announces Debris Removal Process for Unincorporated Areas-Sumter County will begin the process of debris removal next week through the unincorporated areas of the County EXCLUDING The Villages® community since the district management is conducting the debris removal there. Public works has completed clearing all roads excepting those with power lines still entangled in downed trees. After utility companies have the personnel to support clearing lines from trees, the county maintained roads will then begin debris removal. Residents are advised to follow debris removal guidelines as illustrated in the picture to ensure their debris is removed. Residents are reminded that the County will not pick up debris from Private roads or on private property.As a reminder for residents in The Villages® community, Sumter County will be having a Household Electronic and Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Day on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Lake Okahumpka Park, 6085 E. SR 44, Wildwood 34785.
Sumter County Announces DebrisRemoval Process for UnincorporatedAreas-Sumter County will begin the process of debris removal next week through theunincorporated areas of the County. Public works has completed clearing all roadsexcepting those with power lines still entangled in downed trees. After utilitycompanies have the personnel to support clearing lines from trees, the countymaintained roads will then begin debris removal. Residents are advised to followdebris removal guidelines as illustrated in the picture to ensure their debris isremoved. Residents are reminded that the County will not pick up debris from Privateroads or on private property.www.SumterCountyFL.
Sumter County has now been included in a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration, triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from Hurricane Irma.Residents with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Sumter County may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials. Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.govYou may also register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 AM to 11 PM, seven days a week until further notice.Applicants will need the following to apply:Social Security Number;Daytime telephone number;Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; andPrivate insurance information, if available.When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy.www.sumtercountyfl.gov
The following Sumter County offices will be the only facilities not open on September 14, 2017:- Webster Library, 2810 C-478A, Webster, FL- Lake Okahumpka Park, 6085 SR 44, Wildwood, FL
Withlacoochee River Expected to Flood-The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Warning for the Withlacoochee River. Currently, the river is at Minor Flood Stage with a value of 9.3 feet. The river is expected to remain at Minor Flood Stage through the weekend. It is forecasted to reach 10.8 feet by Tuesday morning and may rise further later.Residents in flood prone areas expected to be impacted by rising river levels are urged to monitor the river and take the necessary protective actions and be ready to evacuate, if necessary.Sumter County Emergency Management would like to remind residents about the dangers of flood waters. As little as six inches of water can knock a person down, and a foot of water can move a vehicle. Please avoid flooded roads, and use caution and common sense while driving.A shelter for displaced residents has been opened at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact the Sumter County Citizens’ Information Line at 352-569-3190.For more information about how to prepare for weather-related emergencies, go to www.SumterPrepares.com .
Sumter County has received a number of calls from those who would like to volunteer to help the recovery process. Sumter County is still determining needs requiring volunteers. Those who wish to volunteer their services can register by calling 352-569-3185.
As a reminder the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. tonight at the Sumter County Courthouse in the historic courtroom 215 E. McCollum Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 as well as the 6:00 p.m. tentative budget hearing at the same location will occur.Sumter County offices will resume their normal operations on September 13, 2017 EXCEPT the following locations:- The Villages Annex, 8033 E. C-466, The Villages, FL- Belvedere Library, 325 Belvedere Boulevard, The Villages, FL- Lake Panasoffkee Library, 1500 CR 459, Lake Panasoffkee, FL- Webster Library, 2810 C-478A, Webster, FL- Lake Okahumpka Park, 6085 SR 44, Wildwood, FL
Mosquito Control officials say recent rain fall due to Hurricane Irma has created the perfect breedinggrounds for mosquitoes. Sumter County received an estimated 8.5 – 12.5 inches of rainfall throughout thecounty. With the recent rain fall and increased temperatures, adult mosquito populations will soonflourish (5 to 10 days). Spraying (adulticiding/night spraying) operations are scheduled to begin onThursday, September 14, 2017, and continue through Sunday, September 17, 2017. The mosquito controloperations will be focused on the most congested residential areas of the county.Mosquitoes of the pest and nuisance breeds are most prevalent after flooding situations; however,mosquito breeds that are known disease vectors (carry and transmit disease) may also be present. Officialswant to encourage residents to remain vigilant around their homes and eliminate all mosquito breedingsources.Tips for controlling mosquitoes around your home: Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums or any other container. Check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage. Empty plastic wading pools, bird baths, and pet water bowls at least once a week. Drain water from boats being stored. Fill in tree holes and hollow stumps that hold water. Stock your ornamental water gardens with mosquito-eating fish (Gambusia, minnows or goldfish). Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. Drain water from old pools not in use.Tips for avoiding and repelling mosquitoes:The 5 D’s Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking for a blood meal. Formany species this is during the dusk and dawn hours. Dress – Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt when outdoors for long periodsof time or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made oftightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from skin. Drain – Reduce the amount of standing water in or near your property by draining and/orremoving it. Deet – Use an insect repellant containing Deet. Spray clothing with repellents containingpermethrin or Deet because mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Always read themanufacturer’s directions carefully before you put on a repellent.Mosquitoes generally are more prevalent in wooded and swampy areas, and tend to be most activeduring dawn and dusk hours. Use insect repellent before going into high-risk areas or when outsideduring high-risk times. The most effective protection may be obtained through the use of productscontaining at least 20-30 percent diethyl toluamide (DEET)*. Follow the directions carefully and donot over apply. Extra care should be taken with children under 5, adults over age 55, and those withweakened immune systems due to chronic illness, as these populations are at a greater risk frommosquito-borne diseases. Proper vaccination of horses will protect them from contracting EasternEquine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Don’t forget about your pets; mosquitoes are known totransmit canine/feline heart worms. See your veterinarian and place your pets on a heart wormpreventative medication today.If you have any questions, concerns, or requests for mosquito control operations in your area, please donot hesitate to call Sumter County Mosquito Control at (352) 689-4400.
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Some major roads within Sumter County are cleared for travel. Continue to proceed with caution when approaching the side streets. There may be electrical lines down, trees in the road and other debris that prove to be hazardous for travel on roadways. Please remember when approaching an intersection whether the light is out or signage is missing the law requires you to treat it as a four way stop.We have confirmation the following roads are obstructed: Central and Stokes (Coleman)Central Ave and Market Blvd (Bushnell)Clark and Lee Street (Coleman)Cleveland/Grey (Wildwood)CR 103CR 103/101CR 105CR 144CR 181/156 CR 221/CR 44ACR 226CR 230C/CR 205CR 231Cr 231 N of 462CR 235ACR 237 (1 mile south of 466)CR 237 South of 466CR 241 N of 44CR 243 ECR 243ECR 245E/CR 245WCR 246S/475CR 251/251WCR 316ACR 318CR 400CR 406ACR 412 CR 421CR 424/426CR 426/422CR 426ECR 431CR 431BCR 439BCR 444CR 449CR 452CR 453 CR 457CR 462/221 CR 467CR 467ACR 474 CR 476/627CR 478/471CR 478/743CR 478A/743CR 479/416CR 481A/481BCR 482C-1CR 482SCR 484ACR 485ACR 489CR 525CR 542WCR 567CR 569CR 604 & 607CR 610CR 626CR 635 & CR 647SCR 642CR 647 SCR 647SCR 651/NobletonCR 657ACR 659CR 663CR 675CR 675WCR 678CR 680CR 680CR 682CR 683D-1CR 707 and CR 721CR 722CR 738GCR 755 CR 778CR328E CR 478 and CR 707Judy Street (Wildwood)NW 4th Ave/North Market Blvd (Bushnell)Oak Terrace (Wildwood)Pennsylvannia Street (Wildwood)Sandalwood (Wildwood)Willis/Magnolia (Wildwood)Warfield N of Cleveland (Wildwood)
Sumter County has received a number of calls from those who would like to volunteer to help the recovery process. Those who wish to volunteer can register by calling 352-569-3185.
As part of the recovery process residents are expected to begin the debris management process. Residents who burn vegetative debris are reminded they can burn yard waste as long as they meet the required setbacks, city ordinances as applicable, and do not exceed piles greater than 8 feet. Piles greater than 8 feet will require authorization from the Withlacoochee Forestry Center (352)-754-6777. Use the following tips to practice safe burning:• Burn only yard waste, no household garbage (includes paper products and newspapers)• Don't burn on windy days• Never leave a fire unattended• Keep a water hose or shovel handy in case your fire escapes• Make sure your smoke does not obstruct visibility on nearby roads• Be sure your fire is completely out before you leave
Lake Okahumpka Park is closed effective immediately to the public while it is being utilized as a staging area for storm recovery efforts. The park will reopen when the recovery efforts are complete.
Impact assessment is an ongoing process. Once the impact assessment is complete and major roads cleared, shelter residents will be released back to their homes. Although the Sumter County Schools are still open for residents to go to; we are redirecting most to the Sumter County Fairgrounds as part of the shelter consolidation processSpecial Needs: Wildwood Community Center 6500 Powell Road Wildwood, FL 34785, will remain open and getting power restored is a top priority. Shelters Closed:General Population Shelter: The Villages Charter High School 251 Buffalo Trail, The Villages, FL 32162General Population Shelter: The City of Center Hill Recreation Center 74 S Virginia Ave., Center Hill, has been closed down as the city staff are turning to their impact assessment roles.Shelters of Last Resort are now ALL CLOSED: Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center 1589 CR 459, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538Lake Sumter State College (Maxwell Library building) 1405 CR 526E, Sumterville, FL 33585Bushnell Community Center 407 E Belt Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513
While the impact assessments are being conducted, we are strongly encouraging the public to stay off the roads. There is likely to be electrical line hazard, trees in the road, and other debris that may be hazardous for travel on the roads.
Emergency first responders are commencing field operations as of 0630 Monday September, 11, 2017 due to the reduction in wind speeds.Impact assessment is also commencing to identify deployment of resources to clear major roads and support urban search and rescue operations of the most at risk areas of concentrated RV and mobile home parks.
Sumter County has established emergency shelters for those who have been unable to seek refuge elsewhere. The shelters of last resort include the existing shelter locations of: Special Needs: Wildwood Community Center 6500 Powell Road Wildwood, FL 34785 General Public (Pet-Friendly): Webster Elementary School 349 S Market Blvd. SR 471 Webster, FL 33597 General Public: Center Hill Recreation Center 74 S. Virginia Avenue, Center Hill, FL 33514General Public: Wildwood Elementary School 300 Huey Street Wildwood, FL 34785 General Public: The Villages Charter High School 251 Buffalo Trail, The Villages, FL 32162 And buildings not rated for hurricane strength winds will open at 3:00 pm (Sunday):*Please note the below facilities are a last resort shelter location and will NOT have any amenities (food, water, cots, etc.) or services other than shelter during the tropical and hurricane wind duration. Lake Sumter State College (Maxwell Library building) 1405 CR 526E, Sumterville, FL 33585Bushnell Community Center 407 E Belt Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center 1589 CR 459, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538-If you need emergency response, please dial 9-1-1You can register for weather warnings with AlertSumter www.sumterprepares.comRegular updates will be provided through our website www.sumtercountyfl.gov or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Facebook at Sumter County Sheriff’s Office-Florida or on Twitter at @SCSOFL.
Due to the current prediction that the end of tropical force winds in Sumter County will be noon on Monday (9/11), we do not have sufficient assessment of damage or clearing of roads to have the confidence to have offices open Tuesday morning (September 12); however, we plan to continue access to the Courthouse for the scheduled BOCC meetings (regular meeting and tentative budget hearing) that evening at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM respectively.The following offices are reporting closures:- Board of County Commissioners’ Offices- Courts- Clerk of the Courts Offices·All jury summons for Tuesday, September 12 have been postponed until Wednesday, September 13.- Library System (All locations)- Property Appraiser Offices- Supervisor of Elections Offices- Tax Collector Offices- Veterans Services Offices- Sumter County Schools All offices should reopen with normal business hours on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Sumter County regrets any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates your understating and cooperation during this time. While the offices are closed, staff will be assisting with the Emergency Operations Center and assisting customers by phone through the week. For assistance or more information, please contact 352-689-4400 and leave a message. Due to call volume, there may be a delay in response.
As of 4:00 pm today, the Sumter County Fair Grounds (Pet Friendly) is now FULL. We anticipate South Sumter High School (Pet Friendly) to reach capacity at 5:30pm; however, Webster Elementary 349 S Market Blvd. SR 471 Webster, FL 33597 will be able to accommodate pets as of 5:30 pm today and become the remaining (Pet Friendly) shelter.The following shelters still have space available:General Public: Wildwood Elementary School 300 Huey Street Wildwood, FL 34785 General Public: The Villages Charter High School 251 Buffalo Trail, The Villages, FL 32162Special Needs: Wildwood Community Center 6500 Powell Road Wildwood, FL 34785 NOTE:General Public: The City of Center Hill Recreation Center 74 S Virginia Ave., Center Hill, FL 33514 will also open at 5:30 pm today.- If you need transportation, please call the Citizens Information Center at 352-569-3190. - If you evacuate to a shelter you need to bring: • Bedding, snacks, extra clothes, toiletries, any necessary medications • For pets, bring food, a crate, medications, leash, and any necessary material • If you need emergency response, please dial 9-1-1You can register for weather warnings with AlertSumter www.sumterprepares.comRegular updates will be provided through our website www.sumtercountyfl.gov or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Facebook at Sumter County Sheriff’s Office-Florida or on Twitter at @SCSOFL.
Sumter County Fairgrounds (Pet Friendly) shelter is currently at capacity. Please seek other shelters that are available in Sumter County.
In an effort to assist Villages residents who live in manufactured homes, The Villages community will open multiple hurricane shelters at 4 p.m. today. Emergency supplies have been requested from the state, but residents should plan to bring their own provisions just in case to the Villages Charter High Gym on CR466 and Paradise Recreation Center on Paradise Drive. Neither of these locations are pet-friendly. For a complete listing of shelters, please visit the link for your county below. Lake County -https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management/Marion County -http://www.marionso.com/emergency-managementSumter County—http://sumtercountyfl.gov/AlertCenter.aspx
Sumter County is under a flood warning for the Withlacoochee River, and is anticipating severe weather upon the arrival of Hurricane Irma. This means that sustained winds tropical storm or higher winds should be EXPECTED early Sunday morning. Sumter County may receive strong winds ahead of the storm as early as Saturday evening. Please take this time to finalize your preparations. You should expect the following:- Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, and vinyl siding and gutters.- Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled.- Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.Closings, Shelter, and Emergency Information:- Emergency Operations Center is fully activated to assist with response- Citizens Information Center is activated. If you need information, please call 352- 569-3190- Sumter County School District classes have been cancelled until at least September 12, 2017- All County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017- Libraries will be open until 12:00 pm on Saturday.- The Citizens Drop Off location on C-470 will remain open on Saturday at its normal hours.- Sandbags are not provided by Sumter County- Mandatory Evacuations are ordered beginning 8:00 am Saturday morning for those who live in a low-lying or flood prone area, and those living in mobile or manufactured homes. Please evacuate to a shelter for your safety- Shelters will be open to the public on September 9, 2017 starting at 12:00 PM:Shelter at Capacity(9/9/17) - General Public (Pet Friendly): Sumter County Fairgrounds (opened 9/8/17 2 PM)7620 SR 471Bushnell, FLSpecial Needs: Wildwood Community Center6500 Powell RoadWildwood, FL 34785General Public-Webster Elementary School349 S Market Blvd. SR 471Webster, FL 33597General Public (Pet Friendly):South Sumter High School706 N. Main St., SR 475Bushnell, FL 33513-If you need transportation, please call the Citizens Information Center at 352-569-3190If you evacuate to a shelter you need to bring:- Bedding, snacks, extra clothes, toiletries, any necessary medications- For pets, bring food, a crate, medications, leash, any necessary material- If you need emergency response, please dial 9-1-1You can register for weather warnings with AlertSumter www.sumterprepares.comRegular updates will be provided through our website www.sumtercountyfl.gov or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Facebook at Sumter County Sheriff’s Office-Florida or on Twitter at @SCSOFL.
Update- Sumter County Fairgrounds shelter is at capacity. At the State’s request, Sumter County opened a pet-friendly general population shelter for evacuees at 2:00 PM today at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, located at 7620 SR 471, Webster, FL 33513. If you are in need of transportation to the shelter, please call 352-569-3190.For more information, contact the Sumter County Citizens’ Information Line at 352-569-3190.
The Citizen's Information Line is open today from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at 352-569-3190.
Sumter County is activating it's Citizen's Information Line at 1245 hours today, Wednesday 9/6/2017, to assist Sumter County residents with questions or concerns related to the Hurricane. You may call the line directly at 352-569-3190. Sumter County is continuing to monitor Category 5 Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on the county. All updates on actions will be posted to this website.