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COUNTY INFORMATION

UTILITIES: Progress Energy: 1-800-228-8485

SECO: 726-3944

WREC: 795-4382

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

SHELTERS: The county has opened three shelters to help residents of Arrowhead and other areas who evacuated due to flooding. The locations:

Riverside Christian Fellowship, 7771 N Carl G. Rose Highway (State Road 200), Hernando

First United Methodist Church, Marvin Street, Floral City

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E Gulf to Lake Highway (State Road 44 E), Inverness

FOOD AND WATER: Free food, ice and water are being distributed, as supplies last, at five distribution centers:

Citrus County Auditorium, 3600 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41 S), Inverness

The old Floral City Fire Department, County Road 48, Floral City

Stokes Ferry Road in Arrowhead off State Road 200 at the Citrus/Marion line

The Christian Center Church, U.S. 19 at Green Acres Street, Homosassa Spings

The Citrus County Chronicle building, Meadowcrest Boulevard, Crystal River.

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

STORM DEBRIS: 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. Bring the debris to the curb, with construction debris separated from plant debris. Also, the county has reopened 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. It is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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.

Other areas subject to a boil water order: the Laguna Palms and Water Oaks subdivisions, the Chassahowitzka Campground, and Citrus County Utilities customers living along County Road 491 in Beverly Hills north of _ but not in _ Black Diamond, including all of the Oak Ridge subdivision.

PROPERTY APPRAISER's OFFICE: The Inverness office (210 N Apopka Ave.) is open; please use the side entrance _ the one closest to Apopka. Stair access only for the second floor, where the appraiser's staff is located. If you can't use the stairs, please call 341-6697 and a staffer will meet you outside. The building flooded on the first floor, and the elevator can't be used yet. Meantime, the Crystal River office (in the government center at 801 SE U.S. 19 in the Crystal Square Shopping Center) will reopen today.

TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE: The Inverness office, 210 N Apopka Ave., is closed because of flooding on the first floor. Please go to the Crystal River office, in the government center at 801 SE U.S. 19 in the Crystal Square Shopping Center. That office will reopen today. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 341-6500.

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 resend 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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