Department of Homeland Security warns to be on the alert for fraud and scams

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.

Citrus County Qualifies for FEMA Individual Assistance

On September 13, Citrus County qualified for FEMA Individual Assistance. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Citrus County may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Individuals will need to register with FEMA through the official FEMA website. The County cannot by law be involved with this process. Citizens without power or internet may go to Citrus County Libraries for computer access.

Withlacoochee River reaches major flood stage

TRILBY, Fla. -- It's been more than a decade since the Withlacoochee River last reached a flood stage of more than 16 feet.

This year has all the markings of the 2004 hurricane season: the Withlacoochee River at Trilby reached major flood stage at 16.84 feet Sunday, Sept. 17. It last reached this level on Sept. 29, 2004.

More than 4,000 people have been asked to leave their homes under a voluntary evacuation, according to a news release from the Hernando County Office of Public Information.

Kitchen October Town Hall meeting

Commissioner Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 12 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Homosassa Library, located at 4100 Grandmarch Avenue in Homosassa, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.

Date: 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm

Region’s labor force grows, jobless rate drops to 5.1%

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017) – The region’s labor force grew both over the month in August and over the year due to the one-two punch of more jobs and fewer people looking for work.

The jobless rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 5.1 percent last month, down over July by 0.3 percentage point and 1.2 percent less than the rate a year ago of 6.3 percent.

District postpones Sept. 12 Governing Board tentative budget hearing

Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have postponed its Sept. 12 Governing Board tentative budget hearing due to emergency conditions facing the District from Hurricane Irma. The public hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

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