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Pasco's storm clean-up and charitable relief expands

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is continuing its clean-up following Hurricane Hermine and will begin curbside pick-up of storm debris Monday.

Residents must sort debris into one of five categories: wood furniture and mattresses; construction material like drywall and insulation; white goods including appliances, bicycles and metal furniture; bundled branches no longer than 5 feet and other vegetation; and hazardous waste. The items should not be in trash bags.

The pick-ups will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Residents can call (727) 847-2411 if they have questions or require assistance getting items to the curb.

Federal and local authorities also began inspecting damaged homes on Sunday and public property on Monday in anticipation of seeking a federal disaster declaration for Pasco County.

Kevin Guthrie, Pasco's emergency services director, has said 2,672 properties received damage. Over the weekend, the county revised the estimated damage to private homes at $111 million.

The United Way of Pasco and community foundations have begun a relief fund to assist victims of the Sept. 1 hurricane. It started with a $10,000 donation from auto dealer Scott Fink. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and SunTrust Foundation also have contributed. As of Friday morning, $34,000 had been raised.

To donate, text the word PASCO to 41444, go online to unitedwaypasco.org, or visit any branch of Wells Fargo Bank to make a contribution to United Way of Pasco County "Storm/Flood Relief" fund.

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