SEMINOLE – Hurricane Frances passed through Seminole this Labor Day weekend, sparing its residents from the worst of its fury.
Still, the storm left a big mess and plenty of inconvenience.
Tuesday morning, more than 95,829 Progess Energy Florida customers were still left without power throughout the county, according to a Deborah Shipley. Residents from areas of Seminole and Largo were still without power Tuesday, according to personal reports.
Pinellas County school children, who got a day off Friday in preparation for Frances, got another day off Tuesday, as schools closed to students and opened for staff to clean up and assess damage. St. Petersburg College was closed, as well. Workers were picking up debris on Seminole’s campus Tuesday morning.
The worst of Frances – a tropical storm when it finally came through this county and entered the gulf – appeared to be from old and rotten trees, fences, shrubbery and roofs. Huge aluminum covers for carports were thrown aside – anything aluminum suffered damage, as did canopies frayed from the constant winds of the weekend.
Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds said wind damaged several signs on commercial properties along Seminole Boulevard, particularly south of Park Boulevard. Wind damage could be seen in the city’s medians and parks, with trees and landscaping spewed about.
“Our crews will be working extended hours this week to clean up the streets and assist residents,” said Edmunds.
The city did not experience any major flooding, he said, with drainage systems working well.
Seminole schedules special trash pick-up
Waste Management will begin picking up yard debris Friday, Sept. 10. Residents are asked to place yard debris curbside by Thursday. City Manager Frank Edmunds said workers will continue the special collection throughout the day Friday, and possibly through Saturday, depending on the need.