Bradenton and Manatee counties began resuming some normal operations on Monday as residents and workers continued to clean up after Hurricane Ian.
Here’s what residents should know:
3 locals dead
Of the 68 confirmed deaths from Hurricane Ian, three were reported in Manatee County, the Florida District Coroner said Monday night.
There are now three deaths in Sarasota, one in Hillsboro, and more deaths in southern counties.
Manatee County said in an email Monday that the investigation is about 90% complete, with residential damages calculated at $72 million and commercial damages at $13.50. there were:
- 7 structures destroyed
- 173 heavily damaged buildings
- 610 Slight damage to structures
- 1,809 structures were affected.
Of the 232 traffic lights in the county, 104 are broken, 44 have been repaired, and 15 still have generator power.
The following roads remain closed due to high tide.
- Wauchula Rd., 1 mile north of Ballard
- 3775 Singletary Rd.,
- 30607 Singletary Rd., Myakka
- Clay Gully Road, Myakka
- Jim Davis Rd., Bridge Crossing
- SR70, Manatee/DeSoto County Line
For Interstate 75:
- Sarasota County – Exit 182 (Sumter Boulevard) ramp reopened
- DeSoto County – Southbound US 17 lanes reopened, previously closed areas of northbound US 17 remain closed and may reopen tomorrow.
As of Monday morning, 38,950 FPL customers are still without power in Manatee County. This is down from the peak of 198,710.
FPL shared a timeline on Saturday.
- Northern County – Late Tuesday
- South County – Wednesday evening
- A small pocket in the county bordering Sarasota – Sunday.
The Peace River Electric Cooperative reported 760 Manatee County outages as of 9:51 a.m., down from a peak of 36,372 outages.
The area around Myakka city is still without power.
“Water levels in the Myakka City area are slowly receding,” the county email said. “We expect the ongoing restoration work to continue at least through the weekend.”
County Garbage, Rubbish Pickup & Recycling
Manatee County’s regular solid waste collection resumed Monday.
Starting today, residents can bring their garden storm debris (tree branches, palm leaves, and other plants) to the Manatee County landfill.
County contractors are scheduled to begin collecting yard storm debris on Wednesday.
Manatee County has hired three contractors to handle yard storm debris collection. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017, the county only had one contractor, his.
The cleanup is expected to take several months. Contractors are still gathering crews, Manatee County information outreach manager Bill Logan said Monday.
One challenge, says Logan, is that communities from Estero to Hudson are looking for the same kind of help after Hurricane Ian.
“We clean up for months, but we learned a lesson from Irma,” Logan said.
Three collection and management sites will be set up for transport to landfills, he said.
Recycling for county residents has been suspended until further notice. In the meantime, recycling can be done 24/7 at:
- GT Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton
- Braden River Park, 5201 51st. St. E., Bradenton
- Blackstone Park, 2112 14th Ave. W., Palmetto
- Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton
- Buffalo Creek Park 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto
- Bayfront Park, 310 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
- Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
- Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
- Bennett Park, 400 Cyprus Creek Blvd., Bradenton
- Palma Sola Park, 7915 40th Ave W., Bradenton
Bradenton City Garbage, Debris Pickup & Recycling
The city of Bradenton resumed regular garbage collection on Monday.
On Tuesday, Bradenton debris haulers will begin collecting debris from Hurricane Ian according to the following guidelines:
- Separate bags and barrels of debris from loose piles. Contracted debris haulers do not collect bags or barrels. They are individually collected by the City of Bradenton’s Yard Waste Officer.
- Do not place debris near obstructions such as water meter/backflow assemblies, mailboxes, or directly under power lines.
- Separate yard waste/debris from other types of waste that may be placed on the curb.
- Do not pile loose debris on top of bags, barrels, or other waste, or vice versa. This will delay collection.
- Rake up the fallen leaves left after the debris hauler has collected the pile. If you put these in a bag or blue garden waste barrel, the city will collect them as part of your regular garden waste.
The City of Bradenton Recycling Center will not be reopened until Monday, October 10th. Waste Pro, the city’s recycler, is not accepting recycling this week.
Palmetto, Longboat Quay, Anna Maria Island Garbage Pickup
Waste Management resumed regular garbage collection in Palmetto, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island on Monday. The recycling service was unaffected by the storm.
school resumes on tuesday
Manatee County Traditional Schools and Support Sites will resume normal operations on Tuesday. Bus transportation will resume along with all after-school activities and athletics.
After Hurricane Ian, the district lost power to 16 schools and two support sites.
Removed most boiling water notifications and restored lift stations
After Hurricane Ian was nearly lifted, boiling water notices were put up in some areas of Manatee County.
Boiling water notifications remain in effect for three mobile home communities: Terra Ceia Village, Leisure Lake Co-Op, and Sugar Creek Mobile Home Park Estates.
Power has been restored to elevator stations across the county, allowing residents to resume normal levels of water for flushing, bathing and laundry, the county announced Sunday.
Bayside Community Church15800 State Road 64 E, Bradenton, FL 34212 will provide free hot meals to frontline workers and first responders from October 4-6.
Meal times are twice a day from 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm.
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee resumed normal operations for all programs on Monday.
manatee food bankThe PLUS program hosts three free food giveaways on Mondays.
- Lincoln Park, 501 17th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 Mondays 1-3pm
- Myakka Family Worship Center, 33420 Singletary Road, Myakka City, FL 34251 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1-3pm
- Pride Park, 815 63rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34203, Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Duette Fire & Rescue Station, 35800 State Road 62, Duette, FL 34219, Thursdays 3-5 p.m.
Quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
feed tampa bay We are hosting a pop-up “Mega Pantry” in Bradenton on Tuesday.
▪ Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 pm, Desoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
church of christ We will be hosting a pantry in Bradenton on Saturday.
▪ Saturday, 7:30-9:00 am, Church of Christ, 204 Martin Luther King Ave. E., Bradenton
health department opened
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County resumed normal operations on Monday.
The station’s satellite location, Manatee South Center, at 7780 Westmoreland Drive, will remain closed.
Flood threat weakens
The threat of flooding in Manatee County receded Monday, with Manatee County no longer releasing water from the Manatee Lake Dam.
The Manatee River near Myakka Head on State Road 64 East had dropped to 9.7 feet below the 11-foot flood stage. The Manatee River at the Rai Bridge was also below the flood stage.
The Myakka River in Sarasota County’s Myakka State Park is still in a major flood stage and is expected to enter a moderate flood stage by Thursday.
This story was originally published October 3, 2022 at 10:41 AM.