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Manatee County shares post-storm recovery updates, resources

Manatee County Government offices re-opened today. The Property Appraiser’s Office will remain closed until power is restored to its building in downtown Bradenton.

Fort Hamer Bridge, which opened temporarily to assist with storm-related traffic, will close Monday at 8 p.m. to allow crews to complete the project. An official opening date for the bridge will be announced at a later time.

The Citizens Information Center (CIC) will remain open through Friday, operating from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Officials will decide at that time whether to extend operations through next week.

Residents with questions, concerns or damage to report related to the storm should contact the CIC at (941) 749-3547. Residents without power should contact their power company about outages.

Homeowners with damage should contact their homeowner’s insurance company as soon as possible. Those with damage can also register for assistance through FEMA at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

More information on post-storm recovery and assistance — including assistance for affected individuals and businesses, temporary housing, debris cleanup, and how residents can help post-storm efforts — can be found at