After the Storm

After a Tropical Storm or Hurricane has left our area, the need to keep up to date become more critical.  Check here for the most up to date information as we piece life back together.

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If you need assistance, register with FEMA by CLICKING HERE or calling 1-800-621-3362 

As of September 14, 2017: 46 Florida counties including Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Clay, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia qualify for Individual Assistance.

As of September 14, 2017: 21 Florida counties including Bay, Broward, Calhoun, Collier, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes,J ackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington, are designated by FEMA for Public Assistance.

Public Assistance can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure damaged or destroyed by a disaster.

  • FEMA will provide a reimbursement grant of 75% of eligible costs, with the state and local governments sharing the remaining 25% of costs. Eligible entities include state governments, local governments and any other political subdivision of the state, Native American tribes and Alaskan Native Villages. Certain private nonprofit organizations, such as educational, utility, irrigation, emergency, medical, rehabilitation, and temporary or permanent custodial care facilities also may receive assistance.
  • Although funds are awarded to government entities and nonprofits, the Public Assistance program is intended to benefit everyone — neighborhoods, cities, counties and states. Public Assistance dollars help clean up communities affected by disaster-related debris, repair the roads and bridges people use every day getting to work and school, put utilities and water systems back in order, repair hospitals and emergency services, rebuild schools and universities, and restore playground equipment in public parks.

Individual Assistance is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to individuals and families who have sustained losses due to disasters.

  • Florida homeowners, renters and business owners in designated counties who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, businesses or inventory as a result of hurricane Irma may apply for disaster assistance.
  • Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses.
  • Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, medical waiver programs, welfare assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance.
  • As a FEMA partner, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. They do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.



North Florida Regional Medical Center will be giving away free bags of ice, starting at noon today (9.15.17) and ending when supplies run out or at 7pm, at the south parking lot of the Cancer Center at 6420 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605.  


The Leveda Brown Transfer Station, 5115 NE 63 Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, is open weekdays 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, 7 am to noon Saturday and closed Sunday.


Although normally closed Wednesdays and Thursdays, these collection centers are open on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7:30am to 5:50pm.  Normal operating hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm.

Please refrain from bringing construction and demolition debris to the Leveda Brown transfer station. Until further notice, If possible, residents are encouraged to take construction and demolition debris to one of these locations:

  • Watson Construction, 12890 N.E. SR 24 in Archer, FL, open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. Watson also accepts wood debris. To contact Watson Construction, call 352-495-9948.
  • Florence Recycling, 3222 S.E. Hawthorne Rd in Gainesville, FL, open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. To contact Florence Recycling, call 352-375-5189. Florence does not accept wood debris.

Curbside collection of garbage and recycling will continue on a one day delay. Please be aware that there are very high volumes of garbage. So, if your neighborhood is missed, it will be picked up on the next sweep.

For more information contact Alachua County Solid Waste at (352) 338-3233.


To help recover from Irma, we have opened City Hall and Martin Luther King Center as a comfort stations to provide internet access, air conditioning, and a place to charge a tablet or phone. Any resident who still does not have power or water is welcome to come!

MLK Center also offers a kitchen for use by residents, however, we have no cooking supplies or pots/pans. So bring what you need.

The comfort stations will open Tuesday, September until 5:30 p.m. and are located at City Hall - 25440 W Newberry Road and MLK - 25515 NW 6th Ave. Newberry.

Marion County is partnering with community agencies to deliver water and food to individuals in need following Hurricane Irma. Water distribution will take place tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Sites will distribute water while supplies last. Residents with questions should call the Marion County Office of Public Information at 352-438-2300.


The City of Ocala and its FEMA-approved debris management contactor, Crowder-Gulf, will begin collecting hurricane debris Monday, Sept. 18 in all four quadrants of the City limits. This cleanup process is expected to last approximately 30 to 60 days.
Residents are asked to separate hurricane debris into three separate piles as listed below. Hurricane debris should not be placed in any containers or bags and the street should be clear and open to traffic.

  • Vegetative debris
  • Construction and demolition debris (carpet, furniture, roof shingles, etc.)
  • Electrical appliances

Residential properties that have hurricane debris awaiting pick up should commingle their regular yard waste with the hurricane debris. The City of Ocala and Crowder-Gulf will not differentiate the regular yard waste from hurricane debris during this time and will await special collection.
Residential properties that are clear of hurricane debris, but generate normal yard waste, will have their yard waste collected on a regular schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 18. Residential collection for household garbage and recycling will resume a normal collection schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 18.
Crowder-Gulf will make several organized passes through each neighborhood in the City limits, approximately 10 to 14 days apart, to allow residents time to move their hurricane debris to the edge of the road. The City of Ocala and Crowder-Gulf are not permitted to go onto private property to cut or remove hurricane debris, damaged, uprooted or fallen trees.
Private tree contractors are permitted to cut fallen trees from private property and move that hurricane debris to the edge of the road for collection. However, property owners should be vigilant and make sure they are not charged by their contractor for disposal since it will be collected by the City or their debris management contractor.
City staff estimates that approximately 150,000 cubic yards of hurricane debris will need to be collected, processed and disposed of following Hurricane Irma. All hurricane debris will be processed at a City-owned property located on SW 38th Street just west of the Ocala International Airport. After being processed, hurricane debris will be ground and placed into a landfill at the City’s contracted yard waste disposal site, Friends Recycling located at 2350 NW 27th Ave.
Residents and private contractors are not permitted by FEMA or the City of Ocala to take their hurricane debris to Friends Recycling. If residents or anyone other than the City’s hurricane debris management contractor takes their hurricane debris to Friends Recycling or another facility, it is at their expense and they will not be reimbursed.
For more information, please contact the City’s Hurricane Debris Collection Hotline at 352-629-2489.



The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection site is located at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue.
Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics. Neither of these types of waste is permitted to be picked up with regularly scheduled residential waste collection.

Special waste from businesses will not be collected.

Examples of hazardous waste items accepted:

  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Paint, paint thinners, gasoline and antifreeze
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lamps
  • Used oil and filters
  • Batteries (auto batteries, rechargeable batteries, etc.)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Aerosol cans
  • Thermometers and thermostats

Examples of electronic items accepted:

  • Battery chargers
  • Computers, keyboards and monitors
  • Small copiers, printers, answering machines and fax machines
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray and MP3 players
  • Stereos and televisions
  • Cell phones, tablets, PDAs, scanners and cameras

For a full list of accepted items, please visit For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at 352-351-6697.


Residents who live on county-maintained roads can push storm debris to the sides of the roadway (not in the road) and county crews will pick it up. Please know that due to the widespread storm impact across the county, this may take some time. Storm debris must be kept separate from other materials (e.g., household trash, construction debris and appliances). Residents may contact the Marion County Office of the County Engineer at 352-671-8686 to determine if they live on a county-maintained road.


9.12.17-Two Marion County recycling centers are closed due to storm-related issues.

Orange Lake Recycling Center, 18290 NW 53rd Court Rd, Reddick, FL 32686 is closed due to low-hanging powerlines.

Wright Road Recycling Center, 11190 NW 90th Ave, Reddick, FL 32686 is closed due to flooding.

Residents can find the next closest recycling centers to their locations by CLICKING HERE (map).

All other recycling centers are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday.

Residents are strongly encouraged to wait until conditions are safer before transporting yard debris or trash. Residents living on county-maintained roads can move the debris to the sides of the road (not in the road), and the county will pick it up. Please know that due to the widespread storm impact across the county, this may take some time. The yard debris should be kept separate from household trash, construction debris and appliances.

For more information, contact Marion County Administration at 352-438-2300.

No after storm activity reported.


Anticipating that there will be significant amounts of natural vegetation tree debris generated from the impact of Hurricane Irma, and to facilitate the clean-up, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

• Crews will begin storm generated vegetative debris collection on October 2, 2017.

• Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

• Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

• Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

• Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

• If you decide to perform your own clean-up and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

• Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick-up.

• The debris pick-up only includes residential properties located on County maintained roadways at this time. Private roadway pick-up must be authorized by FEMA.


Services will resume in these areas on a ONE-DAY delay beginning Tuesday, September 12th, road conditions permitting.

Please be patient as high volumes may cause minor delays and we appreciate your understanding during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience these delays may cause you.


Contractors cutting and removing debris on private property are required to dispose of the debris at one of the two disposal sites in Columbia County. 

Columbia County Landfill, 1347 N.W. Oosterhoudt Lane Lake City, FL 32055 ph:386.752.6050
Evacheck’s Tree Source, 2863 SW Main Blvd, Lake City, FL 32025 ph:386.466.1913

Contractors are NOT allowed to pile debris in the right-of-way on roadways for county crews to dispose. Please call Public Works at 386.758.1019 with any questions.

No after storm activity reported.

In order to help Gilchrist County Residents in the storm clean-up from Hurricane Irma, 

The Gilchrist County Solid Waste Department, 1659 NW 10th St, Bell, FL 32619 will be accepting Storm Yard Waste Debris Only with Free Disposal from Gilchrist County Residents Only.

Amnesty starts Tuesday September 12th - Tuesday September 19th, 2017. 
The Yard Waste Amnesty includes: Gilchrist County Residential size loads of all brush items such as leaves, fallen limbs and broken branches.
For Any Questions Please Call Main Scale Office at 352-463-3185.


Yankeetown's storm debris management contractor has finished the first run through and will not be picking up debris again until the second run through which will begin Monday, September 19, 2016. You must have all debris at the curb by the evening of Sunday, September 18, 2016 to be sure it is picked up. Any debris not at the curb by September 18, 2016 will be the property owners' responsibility to remove.

Levy County is responsible for picking up storm debris on Allen Park Road, Riverside Drive, 63rd Street, Highway 40 and 193rd Place (C40A). The County will begin picking up debris along these roads sometime this week, September 12, 2016. A second pass will occur at a later date, if needed.

Please put all debris for pickup out on the right-of-way. Debris needs to be separated into 4 piles: yard waste, household waste, hazardous waste and appliances.

Report flood damage to the EOC in Bronson. They will give FEMA the information. Call 352-486-5155 or 352-486-5576.


This service is presented by Air Ducks Heating & AirB & D Electric, Clay Electric Cooperative and Sunstate Federal Credit Union.