Even though Hurricane Irma was “downgraded” to a Category 1 storm by the time it ripped through the region last week, it has definitely made a financial impact in Hillsborough County. Preston Cook, Hillsborough County’s director of emergency management, said Wednesday that while the storm wasn’t nearly as fierce as initially feared, Irma damaged 287 single family homes, 140 mobile homes and 14 businesses. That adds up to a total of $8.9 million in property damages to date. The estimated…
Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is pressing for an increase in federal disaster aid to the highest share possible to help Floridians recover rapidly from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group has extended the local state of emergency declared last Wednesday regarding Hurricane Irma for an extra seven days.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn says restoring electricity to the hundreds of thousands of citizens in Tampa currently without it is issue number one the day after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida Sunday night.
Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said that while storm surge was the biggest concern of government officials in the Tampa Bay area as Hurricane Irma approached on Sunday, it is now flooding that may be the primary concern.
Hillsborough County officials said Sunday morning that people need to be in place now for what is likely to be a dangerous 20 hours or so with Hurricane Irma slowly moving up the coast of Florida. “There really is no time left,” County Administrator Mike Merrill told reporters at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in East Tampa.
The Hillsborough County School Board’s decision last year to drop so-called courtesy busing provoked anger among parents whose children were directly affected by the move. And Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman inspired other sharp responses Thursday when she suggested commissioners must do something about it.