FEMA gives relief to Hermine victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Florida and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced today more than $7.3 million in disaster assistance grants and loans has been distributed to Hurricane Hermine-affected homeowners and renters.

To date, FEMA distributed $4.8 million in grants to individuals and households for temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs.

CCSO: Beware of fraud, scams, price gouging

State and federal recovery officials encourage Florida residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors vulnerable due to the recent hurricanes.

Final pickup for storm debris scheduled

Citrus County will be conducting a final pickup for storm generated debris, including private roads, on the west side of U.S. 19.

Debris removal will begin on Monday Oct. 17.

All debris will be picked up by Oct. 26. Vegetation, and white goods (appliances), should be separated from other storm debris.

This will be the final storm-generated debris pickup.

FEMA small-business loans available

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Goodbye Matthew: Citrus threat ends

Citrus County is no longer under a tropical storm warning.

Hurricane Matthew continues to track north, away from Citrus County.

While the county will still continue to get rain and some wind from Matthew's rain band, the impact to Citrus County will continue to get lower and lower as the day progresses.

With that, this is the last update for Hurricane Matthew.  The Citrus County Emergency Operations Center will be going back to a Level 3 Monitoring Status.

All shelters have been closed, and citizens Information Lines are now closed.

Obama declares Florida emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing.


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