Area spared worst of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated other parts of Florida, causing less damage than feared in Tampa and surrounding communities. But area homes, businesses and other locations were not entirely spared from Irma’s wrath. Concerns continue over rising floodwaters, which already have flooded homes and roads. And, Irma’s whipping winds knocked down trees, shredded billboards, damaged fences, ripped … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. “This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than … [Read more...]

County plans meetings highlighting flood issues

What does Pasco County have to do better to help save lives and property in the event of a catastrophic flood? That's what officials want to know as they look to update their local mitigation strategy — an assessment of hazard vulnerabilities faced by property owners and residents. The meetings include discussion on how communities can better mitigate against flooding hazards to not only … [Read more...]