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Recovery efforts continue

We're working to address issues around the county resulting from Hurricane Irma. Residents should proceed with caution while driving around the county as a few traffic lights remain out, debris cleanup continues and power outages remain.

Important Notices:

Sarasota County is aware of reports of sewer spills, and crews are cleaning those areas as quickly as possible.

  • If you notice any problems with our sewer system, please report the issue to 861-5000 or use our See, Click, Fix app.

County Utilities asks customers without power to limit water usage.

  • Over use of water in may cause sewage overflow. Call 861-6790 with questions.

 

 

Before entering your home

  • Inspect your home carefully before entering.Walk around the outside and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage. If you have any doubts about safety, have a qualified building inspector or structural engineer inspect the structure before entering.

  • Keep a battery-powered radio so you can listen for emergency updates and news reports. Use a battery-powered flash light to inspect a damaged home. Turn the flashlight on outside before entering — the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas.

  • Watch out for animals and poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

  • Watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires and weakened walls, bridges, roads and sidewalks.

  • Do not enter if:

    • You smell gas.

    • Floodwaters surround the building.

    • Your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.

After entering your home

  • Photograph or videotape your home – inside and outside; take inventory to determine and record losses.

  • When power is restored, turn on appliances one at a time.

  • If your neighborhood’s power is restored, but you’re still without power:

    • Check all circuit breakers and fuses.

    • Visually inspect the area near the meter. Call an electrician if the meter or any of the piping or wires on the wall of the building are gone or look damaged.

    • If no problems are apparent, report your outage online or call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).