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Posted September 12, 2017 | 9:57 AM

Be Careful When Checking for Hurricane Irma Damage

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2017) - Hillsborough County residents are urged to stay inside while damage assessments continue. If residents have left their shelters or safe locations, they need to exercise caution.

Expect additional rain and wind gusts today as the storm continues to move north. Stay in place while emergency personnel respond to hazards such as downed power lines, fallen trees, and flooded roadways.

Drive with Caution

When it's safe to drive, motorists are urged to exercise caution on roadways as weather conditions warrant. Follow these safety tips:

  •  Don't drive through moving or standing water. Water that is 2 feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Observe all barricades and detours. They are there for your protection.
  • Avoid standing water. Floodwaters may contain fecal matter, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Stay away from downed utility lines. Always assume that every line is a power line, and that it is live.
  • Watch for workers clearing debris, and follow all directional instructions and detour signs.

Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

Public Facilities and Services

  • Hillsborough County offices and facilities are closed today
  • There is no Solid Waste collection in unincorporated Hillsborough County today. All County
  • Solid Waste facilities remain closed. Watch for announcements regarding storm debris removal.
  • All Hillsborough County Public Schools are closed through at least Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Consumer Tips

As property cleanup and repairs begin, Hillsborough County reminds residents to be mindful of businesses or individuals engaging in price gouging. Reports should be made by contacting the Attorney General's hotline at (866) 966-7226, or by filing a complaint with Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services. The State of Florida's price gouging law prohibits extreme consumer cost increases in essential commodities such as food, fuel, ice, hotels, lumber, and water. Unlicensed contractors also face additional charges, and protections remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency.

For more information, contact Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services at (813) 635-8316.

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