Pinellas County mops up after T.S. Debby | News
Pinellas County, Florida -- As Pinellas County mops up after high winds and torrential rains generated by slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby, officials urge residents to continue to use caution while traveling about.
Many streets in the Tarpon Woods neighborhood in north county are still flooded and impassible. County Road 95 east of U.S. Highway 19 is currently closed due to high water. Lake St. George Road north of Tampa Road has had some undermining of the road bed, but two lanes are open and this road is passable. All bay bridges are open including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Problems remain with several traffic signals throughout Pinellas County, but crews are working to address those issues as quickly as possible. Motorists are advised to treat any nonfunctioning traffic signal as a four-way stop and to use extreme caution when proceeding through the intersection.
All county parks are open regular hours Wednesday, however the fishing piers, dog park and parts of North Beach are still closed at Fort De Soto Park.
The University of South Florida Geology Department is working with Pinellas County to provide a full analysis of beach erosion. County officials indicate that several beach areas were hard hit by the storm, extending from south Pass-A-Grille to areas along Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.
“We have a beach nourishment project already in place,” said Pinellas County Coastal Coordinator Andy Squires, “but we’ll need additional permitting and additional funding to be able to extend the beach nourishment project to include additional affected areas.”
Standing water left over from Tropical Storm Debby is causing increased problems with mosquitoes around Pinellas County. Mosquito Control officials say that mosquitoes are in the juvenile stages now after Sunday’s rains. Officials have been doing treatments by ground and are planning an aerial larviciding campaign for north county areas on Thursday and south county areas on Friday. Crews will be monitoring wind patterns for the next several days and will be fogging select areas of the county toward the weekend. Vegetation crews will be assisting Mosquito Control staff Thursday and Friday in inspecting and treating areas accessible by ground as well as responding to service requests.
Residents should survey their yards and alleyways and empty containers that can hold water, as domestic mosquitoes can thrive in as little as a teaspoon of water anytime during the mosquito season.
As clean up continues, Emergency Management officials urge residents to work with their individual insurance companies to complete any repairs caused by the storm, and to restock any emergency supplies they may have used.
“The peak of hurricane season is still two months away,” said Sally Bishop, director of Pinellas County Emergency Management. “To have had four named storms so early in the season is unusual, and it’s all the more reason residents should be 100 percent prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way this season. Tropical Storm Debby was a good reminder that you don’t need to have a hurricane to experience major weather impacts which require that we all be prepared.”
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