Relief And Recovery Efforts Begin 

Posted: 4:10 am Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

Some power is starting to be restored after Hurricane Irma swept through the Bay area. At one point there were half a million homes and business without power. Pinellas County has had the most customers in the dark with over 400,000 at one point. If you’re still without power, contact Duke, TECO or FDL. We have their numbers in the Dove Hurricane Guide.

Many counties in Florida are now eligible for disaster relief from FEMA, including Hillsborough and Pinellas. See if you qualify or to find a Disaster Relief Center here, or if you need more information call 1-800-621-3362

Gassing up may become a little easier. Two fuel tankers docked at the Port of Tampa on Tuesday, and over the next few days at least 8 more should arrive. Now it’s a matter of those trucks getting it all to the stations.

School will resume for students in Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk and Pinellas counties on Monday. Classes at USF Tampa and St Petersburg will open Thursday along with the University of Tampa. You can check on other districts here. An historic Tampa school went up in flames Tuesday. The Robert E Lee Magnet school caught fire sometime before 7 pm. No one knows what caused the fire that destroyed the 100 year old school.

Join The Dove in supporting the Red Cross in disaster relief. We’ll connect you right here, and thank you for your donation.