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Sandbag Sites Reach Record Distribution Numbers

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County has distributed a record number of sandbags in the past three days as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma. Numbers of sandbags distributed has already surpassed all previous storms in the County’s history. Special thanks to Citrus County Road Maintenance who oversees sandbagging operations and all Citrus County employees working throughout the storm event to keep our citizens safe and well prepared. Sandbag distribution numbers to date are:

Wednesday, September 6: 29,000 bags

Thursday, September 7: 20,000 bags

Anticipated today, Friday, September 8: 20,000 bags

Sandbagging sites will be open today, Friday, September 8, from 8:00 am until 6:00 p.m. 

The locations are as follows:


4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa

(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)


          7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River

          (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)

***There is a limit of 15 bags per vehicle***

The sandbag supply will be depleted today and sites will not be open over the weekend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Updates and information will also be made on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event duration

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has Declared a Local State of Emergency

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has declared a local state of emergency and a MANDATORY evacuation of all residents west of Hwy 19, 1 and ½ miles east of Hwy 19 excluding Sugarmill Woods, all of the City of Crystal River, all low lying areas throughout the entire county and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes and all unsafe structures throughout the entire county.  You should evacuate locally, or to a safe location or go to one of the county shelters as a last resort. Please refer to your evacuation plan and ensure that you have all important documents and papers with you when you leave.

- Shelter locations are as follows:  For the general population shelter, go to the Lecanto Middle School, located at 3800 West Educational Path, Lecanto.  For the pet friendly shelter, go to the Lecanto Primary School located at 3790 West Educational Path, Lecanto.   For those persons registered as Special Needs in accordance with the State of Florida, go to the Renaissance School located at 3630 West Educational Path, Lecanto.  West Educational Path is approximately 2.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 44 and Hwy 491.  The shelters will open today at 2PM.  I repeat, these shelters will open today at 2PM. 

- Additionally, the following general population shelters are opening at 4PM today.  Central Ridge Elementary School, located at 185 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs.  Lecanto High School located at 3810 W Educational Path, Lecanto.  Forest Ridge Elementary School located at 2927 N Forest Ridge Blvd, Hernando

-  If you are going to a shelter, bring a small bag with clothing, toiletries, medicine, pillow and blanket or sleeping bag.  Pack light with essential items as space per person is extremely limited.  For more information on what to bring to the pet friendly shelter, visit and click on the emergency management tab and then pet.

- Roadways are congested already and will become even more congested as people evacuate from our county and those coming from the south to get away from the hurricane’s path.

- DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POTENIAL OF THIS HURRICANE.  Citrus County will experience high winds and the potential of great storm surge.   Act Now.  Evacuate!

- For more information, go to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or visit

- The citizen information line is 352-249-2775.  Do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.

All County Parks Now Closed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Holden, Central Ridge District Park, Bicentennial Park, Homosassa Area Recreation Parks have all been shut down and power is turned off.

As of 1 p.m. all community centers will be closed until further notice.  Pools are in the process of being prepared for shut down, no patrons are being allow to enter.  All facilities will remain closed until further notice.

Citrus County Transit CLOSED to Regular Service

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Due to the impending storm, Hurricane Irma, Citrus County Transit will be closed to regular service, para transit (door to door by advanced reservation) and Orange Line Deviated Fixed Route on both Friday September 8 and Monday September 11.  


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