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COUNTY INFORMATION

EMERGENCIES: Call 911.

STORM QUESTIONS: The county's citizen information lines will remain open today . Call 746-5470, 527-2106 and 746-6555 with storm-related questions.

SCHOOLS: Citrus public and private schools are open today. Central Florida Community College also will be open.

UTILITIES: Don't call 911 or the county information lines to report power outages.

Progress Energy: 1-800-228-8485

SECO: 726-3944

WREC: 795-4382

WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER: It is closed to boat traffic because of flooding.

SHELTER: Although the school-based shelters were closing late Monday, the county has opened a shelter at Riverside Christian Fellowship at 7771 N Carl G. Rose Highway (State Road 200), in Hernando, primarily to serve Arrowhead and residents of other areas who evacuated due to flooding.

SANDBAGS: The county has opened two sandbag stations. They are at Stokes Ferry Road and Palm Oak Drive and at the fire station at 9837 State Road 44 E.

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Staff in this county department will be dedicated to damage assessment efforts today.

COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING: It will begin at 1 p.m. today, as scheduled, but the location has been moved to the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W Sovereign Path.

STORM DEBRIS: More details are coming. But as of Monday afternoon, county officials said that pickup of the Frances debris was continuing as scheduled. Residents and business owners can pile Jeanne debris along with the Frances debris. If the county contractor already has picked up your debris, the contractor at some point will return for Jeanne debris. Also, the county has re-opened the alternative landfill on Maylen Avenue, north of State Road 44 and west of County Road 490. It will accept storm debris at no charge.

BOIL WATER: Arrowhead residents _ and residents countywide whose private wells have been covered with standing water _ are advised to boil their water before use. To disinfect water, add one-eighth of a teaspoon of plain, unscented household bleach per gallon of water and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure.

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed for a variety of storm recovery efforts. Anyone interested in helping can call the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at 527-5390.

THE CITRUS TIMES: Our Inverness office was without electricity and telephone service most of Sunday and Monday. If you faxed something to us on either of those days, please re-send the fax to 860-7320. Thank you.

OTHER NUMBERS:

American Red Cross: 1-866-438-4636

Animal Services: 726-7660

Florida Highway Patrol: 1-800-500-1240

Swiftmud: (352) 796-7211

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362

Citrus County Health Department: 527-0068

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