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The Latest on Power Outages, Water Boil Advisory, and Storm Damage – The Recovery Begins

HERNANDO – Now that Irma is miles away from our area and blue skies have replaced the rain and wind, Emergency Management officials are able to provide a preliminary assessment of damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure around Hernando County.

The good news is that a massive storm surge expected to strike the coastline on the back end of Irma never happened, which according to officials has limited damage to property along the coast. The mandatory evacuation order has now been lifted and residents are allowed to return to their homes in a cautious manner.

The bad news is that approximately 40,000 Hernando County residents are still without power, but help is on the way. Sheriff Al Nienhuis says there are 300 utility trucks on their way to Hernando County, under a Florida Highway Patrol escort, and that Sheriff’s Deputies will provide security to utility workers as they make repairs.

There is also a boil water advisory in effect for Weeki Wachee, Hernando County – East of US-41, and all of the City of Brooksville.

County Administrators have decided to extend a state of emergency for Hernando County for another 7-days, due to the ongoing cleanup and repair efforts.Officials warn of unlicensed contractors taking advantage of your misfortune and possibly ripping you off. Sheriff Nienhuis says it’s a felony to conduct certain repairs in Florida without the proper license and to report anyone you think is suspicious. The Building Department is waving fees at this time while homeowners conduct repairs

Chief Scott Heckler reminds those residents still using a generator to not operate the unit inside a garage. Heckler says they have already battled one residential fire, due to a generator fire inside a garage.

There is still a substantial flood threat along the Withlacoochee River. Here is the latest from official on potential impacts:

Withlacoochee River at Trilby:

Current observed value is 14.51 feet at 4:30pm. Forecast to rise to 16.3 feet which is nearly Major flood stage on Sunday afternoon, September 17th, 2017.

Impacts at Trilby:

*    19.2 feet: Water approaches the U.S. 301 bridge roadbed.

*    15.6 feet: Water is 2 to 3 feet over the bridge at Clay Sink Road and State Road 575.

*    15.3 feet: Riverdale trailers are flooded.

*    14.2 feet: River Road east of the river is flooded. One campsite at the park is flooded. Peterson Park is flooded and closed. One home on Cercelia Road is isolated. The Florida Campland is flooded. Wood River Court homes are isolated. And the Withlacoochee River canoe rental is flooded.

*    12 feet: Flooding begins at Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, and River Height Estates.

Withlacoochee River at Croom:

*    Current observed value is 8.79 feet at 4:30pm. Forecast to rise above the 9 foot flood stage on Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2017, and crest at 10.3 feet on Sunday afternoon, September 17th, 2017.

Impacts at Croom:

*    12 feet: Flooding begins to impact Nobleton.

*    9 feet: Farms and pastureland flood.

Residents living along the river, take emergency action to protect life and property. Flooding will occur.

Challenger K-8 (Special Needs Only) is still open to evacuees but is expected to close soon.

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  • Also, City of Brooksville

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 9:13 pm
  • The boil water info is incorrect, Weeki Wachee Woodlands, Royal Oaks, All County Utilities east of Blanches store on hwy 50 including Lakeside Acres on WPA rd

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 9:12 pm
  • If you don’t have power, I have this to offer. The Florida Highway Patrol came into Hernando County with heavy equipment to clear roadways, clear trees from the paths of electrical workers and in general assist everyone. After showing up this morning, our help was refused by Hernando County Public Works. We were told by Hernando County Public Works that our assistance would cut into their overtime? So they would rather you the citizen wait longer for your power than let us help? Help for the public good was refused by Hernando County Public Works for the $$$$. We tried Hernando and helped the people we could. If you need assistance we are here. I have been involved in many post hurricane duties and my assistance has never been refused anywhere. 40 Troopers, chain saws, and heavy equipment…

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 7:41 pm
    • If this is true, this is so wrong. The next
      commissioners meeting should cover this and get to the bottom of it.

      Thursday, 14 September 2017, 7:35 am
  • “It’s all about me.” Go figure.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 12:40 pm
  • Where is spectrum in all this mess? Anyone I have talked to said the same thing. Not 1 spectrum truck on the road. We have a business on 19 with no phone lines. Cant get an answer as to when they will start fixing.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 8:39 am
  • Rick”the joke”Scott and some other officials have promised us here in all of florida so much but where is it?? They all go on tv and say there doin this and doin that but it is in no way happening that must be just a pre-campaign false speach! Roads were suppose to all be open north bound before irma struck they were not and made lots of people run out of gas on all roads and there was no help anywhere theres no gas to get back theres no power and if u have generator it wont work with no gas theres no food everyone is price gouging too much to report they do nothing all the phone companies were suppose to give us free service and unlimited data and they have not they were suppose to fill peoples food stamp cards and they have not they were suppose to send out social security checks for seniors and disabled people and they have not and the list goes on and on there is no relief anywhere except for citizens helping citizens please make this go viral so the world knows whats really goin on and remember this when its election time people the government is takin advantage of us all no matter democraps or republikkkans jus to fatten there pockets and make more money off of us in need in a disaster time!

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 11:08 pm
  • Trees still on power lines along Rte 50 east of 301. Found gas for my generator at the Circle K there. No phone service where I live. Thank you AT&T, but I’ll bet you’ll still bill me for those days. I want my wired land line back, but it isn’t offered in my neighborhood. There is supposed to be a pile of military in the state. When I was in the Army we got water from a what was known as a water buffalo. Be nice if some soldiers were to bring my neighborhood one of them. Anybody know of a website where a person could find out where to get a hot shower and some water?

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:39 pm
  • Tom I am still getting the virus on my android phone everytime I go to your site from fb. Has this not been fixed yet? Please fix if you can. I cant read anything posted bc the virus kicks in withing 20 seconds of me clicking on the post you share on fb. This has been happening since the site changed.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:33 pm
  • Who needs unlicensed contractors to rip u off, we have UPS! Take the delivery money & close shop for a week! LOSERS!! Hold ur package hostage for a whole week for a 1 day storm! Closed 2 days before it even hit!
    The MAIL was delivered!!!& they don’t GUARANTEE delivery!

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:33 pm
    • NO UPS, I Bet u r the first one to bitch about ( no phone, no power, bank closed, no water 2 buy, ETC ) @ the rest of u complainers, It was a [email protected]#$%&$ storm @ they have people to take care of also. What an

      Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 5:00 am
      • If u had no phone or power , u obviously weren’t prepared!! A-hole!
        NO water to buy????
        It came outta the faucet dip sh!t!!
        Ur obviously one of the UPS slackers who Welch off people. LOSER, get a REAL job!! Oh wait, ur too lazy!! U work @ UPS!!

        Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 3:26 pm
  • So Spring Hill boils water…yes or no?

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:26 pm
  • If we are in a state of emergency then where are the emergency supplies like water and ice. Traveling around the county looking for ice to keep food fresh and water to drink on limited fuel supplies is somewhat frustrating. Keep hearing what is being done and how prepared the state was to handle this and don’t see any sign of emergency relief. We rely on water from our well so no power means no water.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 8:27 pm
  • The press release says boil water notice is for east of 41, not west.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 6:37 pm
  • Boil water west of 41? So all of Spring Hill? I didn’t know this…

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 6:28 pm
  • Where are these 300 power trucks coming from? Will they work 247?

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 6:23 pm
    • Yes, because having someone working on high voltage power lines while sleep deprived is always a good idea.

      Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 6:48 pm

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