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