In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, find out when and where services are returning

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, local agencies are working to restore many services and resources to the Sarasota-Manatee area.

Here’s a roundup of news you can use as agencies in Sarasota and Manatee County begin cleaning up and restoring efforts for residents.

Florida Energy and Light

Sarasota County: FPL currently reports 161,110 people without power in Sarasota County. So far, 103,200 customers have been restored and 264,310 have been affected by Hurricane Ian. FPL serves a total of 287,120 customers in the county.

Customers can report power outages and check for FPL updates by calling 1-800-468-8243.

Manatee County: FPL restoration continues in Manatee County on September 30 for the county’s 198,710 customers. Hurricane Ian left 85,580 people without power in Manatee County, with 55,340 already being restored. The storm affected 140,920 FPL customers in Manatee County.

Customers are encouraged to call 911 or 1-800–468-8243 to report downed power lines or areas with standing water that may have live structures.

To find out when your power needs to be restored or to report damage, visit fplmaps.com to check outage status in their area. The map is updated every hour.

Local food bank distributions

All Faiths Food Bank will host food and water distribution sites at three locations in Sarasota County on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

The Church of the Palms site (3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota) will be operational September 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

The All Faiths Food Bank location (8171 Blaikie Ct, Sarasota) will begin distributing food on Friday, September 30 from 4-6 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (2256 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota) will open and distribute food Saturday October from 9-10:30 a.m.

All Faiths Food Bank Food & Resource Center Aracida will be open Friday, September 30 from 4-6 p.m. for people in need of food and water. If supplies remain, the center will reopen on Saturday, October 1.

Members of the All Faiths Food Bank operations team are currently scouting locations in North Port where distributions may be possible.

Collection of garbage, debris and waste management

Manatee County: The Manatee County landfill will reopen on Monday, October 3. Garbage and recycling collections will resume the same day.

Residents are asked to separate debris to ensure collection and removal. County officials are asking residents to separate or group debris as follows: normal household trash; vegetative debris or garden waste (leaves, branches, logs, plants); construction and demolition (building materials, wooden fences, mattresses, carpets, drywall, furniture and lumber); appliances and appliances (air conditioners, washers, dryers, water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers and stoves). Appliances and appliances must be emptied before they can be picked up and taken away.

The city of Venice: The Public Works Department is arranging for a contractor to pick up residential debris from Hurricane Ian as early as Wednesday, October 5.

Authorities are asking residents to separate vegetation from all other groups of materials. Vegetation should not be bagged and piles should be placed five feet from resident mailboxes.

The city’s garbage collection and recycling carts are scheduled to resume normal collection on Monday, October 3. Carts can be placed on the sidewalk, separated from piles of debris. Public Works teams are currently assessing pick-up areas to ensure trucks and staff can navigate neighborhoods in Venice safely.

City of Sarasota: Garbage, recycling and yard waste pickups will be collected on Friday, September 30. The City of Sarasota will resume regular scheduled pickups on Saturday; Friday collections will be moved to Saturday.

Water services

The Manatee County government reported Friday morning that 205 of 738 lift stations remain offline or without power.

Lift stations are used to move wastewater from low level facilities to higher elevation facilities and in treatment plants to treat water. Manatee County residents are urged to “save what they throw down the drain” by county officials. Manatee County customers experiencing sewer issues should call 3-1-1 and report the issues to the utility.

Residents without power are asked to limit toilet flushing, showering, washing dishes and laundry until the lift stations are fully restored.

Cleaning and damage assessment

Manatee County: First In Teams (FIT) assessment teams and inspection teams are on the ground and working in Manatee County. According to Bill Logan, information dissemination officer for the Manatee County government, all major roads in Manatee have been cleared. The team started work on the secondary roads on Friday 30 September.

Damage assessments to all residential properties in the county were postponed Friday but will resume Monday, October 3. The damage cost is expected to exceed the current $4.4 million estimated in damages by Manatee County officials.

The City of Sarasota: The first tactical teams began initial assessments Thursday night and determined there were over 200 locations with some level of damage. Crews were dispatched on Friday morning to begin trimming downed trees and clearing road hazards to keep traffic lanes safe.

“By all accounts, we were lucky. The damage appears to be limited to many large trees and some utility lines,” the city press reported Friday morning.

To report a downed tree or other storm damage to the City of Sarasota, residents should submit a service request online through Click-2-Fix or call the following numbers and a team will be dispatched to assess the issues .

Contact Public Works for debris or downed trees at 941-263-6793 (after hours at 941-263-6450) Contact the utility department for water main breaks at 941-263- 6884. Residents are advised that the City of Sarasota will not remove trees from private property.

Municipal and departmental operations

City of Sarasota: Administrative offices will remain closed until Friday, September 30. The city plans to reopen for regular business on Monday, October 3. A regular meeting of the Municipal Commission is scheduled for 9 a.m. at City Hall.

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Samantha Gholar covers social justice news for the Herald-Tribune and USA TODAY Network. Connect with her at [email protected] or on Twitter: @samanthagholar

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