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Published Aug. 28, 2005

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 two 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

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 at these sites, which open at 6 a.m.:

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

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

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

FOOD AND SHOWERS: The Salvation Army canteen will be set up at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3600 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41 S). It will serve lunch and dinner. At the same site, the Salvation Army will have portable shower units available. Residents are reminded to bring towels, soap, shampoo and other personal items. Showers will open at 10:30 a.m., with lunch beginning about 11 a.m.

SANDBAGS: The county has three sandbag stations. They are at Stokes Ferry Road and Palm Oak Drive in Arrowhead; the fire station at 9837 State Road 44 E, Inverness; and the public works site at 9556 E Bushnell Road (County Road 48), Floral City.

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: There is a boil water order for the Chassahowitzka Campground.

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) has reopened.

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 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.


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