Local government services and roads are reopening this morning after Tropical Storm Eta passed through our area yesterday, dumping 6.4 inches of rain on Sarasota-Manatee and breaking a century-old record. Several boats also became unmoored during the storm, including one that crashed into the dock Hart's Landing.
In Sarasota County, all road are open following the storm, although Sarasota police warn that there may still be some standing water in certain areas and to use caution. The Covid-19 testing sites at Cattlemen Road and the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex are open, Sarasota County Area Transit is running on schedule, and trash and recycling pickup will continue as usual, with the exception of North Casey Key Road and Manasota Key at Blind Pass Road. Sarasota County Schools reopened this morning on a normal schedule.
In Manatee County, transit services have resumed, with the exception of the Skyway Connection, which will reopen tomorrow, and Anna Maria Trolley, which will not resume service until roads are cleared. The Covid-19 testing site at the Bradenton Area Convention Center will reopen at noon. Schools are closed for in-person learning for the remainder of the week.
On Longboat Key, all roads are open again, although town officials warn residents to be careful after the key experienced significant flooding last night.
In Venice, Humphris Park and the South Jetty Walkway are closed due to significant erosion from Eta's storm surge.