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Posted September 15, 2017 | 3:40 PM

County Reminds Residents about Hurricane Irma Clean Up

Hurricane Irma Update No. 40

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2017) - Seventy-two hours after Hurricane Irma made its way through Hillsborough County, residents are dealing with the aftermath. Residents cleaning up their yards can start disposing of storm debris as yard waste collections has begun in Hillsborough County.

Due to the extent of storm debris created from Hurricane Irma, contracted yard debris collection will start on Monday, Sept. 18, with no additional charge to residents. Residents should have yard waste placed in piles along the right of way for collection by Monday, Sept. 18. Yard waste debris in New Tampa will be handled by City of Tampa. Customers with non-vegetative (yard waste) storm debris, can drop off items at Community Collection Centers or contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste at (813) 272-5680 for collection and disposal options.

As storm debris is being collected, the trucks will be working systematically throughout neighborhoods. The trucks may have to make several passes through the neighborhoods over the next few weeks due to the extent of storm damage, and to ensure the removal of all storm debris put out by residents. Do not block access to stormwater drains, utility boxes, or roadways.

County yard waste facilities are operating under extended hours, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Residents must show a valid Florida driver's license to receive free yard waste disposal. Yard waste facilities open are:

  • Falkenburg Road - 346 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa 33619
  • Northwest County - 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa 33625
  • South County - 13000 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton 33534
  • Hillsborough Heights - 6209 County Road 579, Seffner 33584
  • Northwest Equestrian Park - 10711 South Mobley Road, Odessa, 33566 (Opens Thursday, Sept. 14)

Commercial businesses and landscapers can only take yard waste to permanent yard waste processing sites that have scales and must pay the $38.01 per ton disposal fee. Sites available include Falkenburg Road, Northwest County, and South County.

Normal residential garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection services resumed Wednesday, Sept. 13, including New Tampa.

No Open Burning
Residents are reminded that open burning of residential yard waste and household garbage or trash is prohibited in Hillsborough County. For more information on the rules of open burning, residents can visit Hillsboroughcounty.org/en/businesses/permits-and-records/permits/open-burning-restrictions.

What to Do with Sandbags
Residents have a few options for sandbags that were used for Hurricane Irma. Hillsborough County recommends residents store sandbags for reuse during possible future storms in the 2017 season. Residents not wanting to store sandbags for future use can drop off the sandbags at any of the County's solid waste facilities. The locations can be found online at HCFLGov.net/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/trash-and-recycling/find-a-waste-facility.

Aftermath Safety
As residents venture out in the community and start to clean up after Hurricane Irma, the County urges residents to proceed with caution. Below are a few simple tips to follow:

  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Observe all barricades and detours. They are there for your protection.
  • Don't drive through moving or standing water. Water that is 2 feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • Watch for workers clearing debris, and follow all directional instructions and detour signs.
  • If your power is out, safely use a generator or candles.
  • Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed, or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors, and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.
  • Use candles with caution. If possible, use flashlights and camping lights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Avoid plugging emergency generators into electric outlets or hooking them directly to your home's electrical system - they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.

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