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2016 Emergency Response

The Public Works Department is essentially a "first responding agency" during emergency situations in the county. The 2016 hurricane season was an active one for Pasco County. Public Works staff worked diligently during the storm events initiating activities to protect the public's safety and to reduce property damage. From lessons of the past, staff was able to significantly improve our emergency operations.
            

Stormwater-Related Activities:

Proactive Pumping  
Pasco County was prepared when the rain began. Two pumps were set up on Little Road in Trinity, one on July 16th and one on August 19th. Another pump at Highland Loop was set up on floats to prepare for flooding events. An existing pump at Winston Road in Beacon Hill was also set up and was activated once it started raining. Pumps were started at Moog Road in Holiday and at Persea Road in Thousand Oaks located in Trinity. Once the flooding began, more pumps were set up at various locations in the county.

Fresh Water Gage Readings 
The Public Works Department maintains several staff gages in Pasco County, measuring water levels at strategically selected sites.These gages are read daily by Stormwater Management staff and provide needed guidance on the opening or closing of operable gates, where applicable.The 
readings also help staff with emergency flood control operations such as the preemptive pumping of accumulated surface water runoff in lakes, canals and other water bodies as may be needed for flood control during severe rainstorms.

Sandbag Distributions 
Public Works employees assist citizens throughout the county distributing sandbags at different locations. Employees follow the sandbag policy adopted by the BCC. 

Barricades
 
Public Works will put out barricades to keep Pasco County safe. A barricade identifies an area where citizens should use caution. These problem areas are usually reported by citizens.




 

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                Pasco County Citizens Filling Sandbags