St. Pete begins storm debris collection, alerts public to Housing resources and FEMA assistance

ST. PETERSBURG — The City of St. Petersburg continues Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts this week. Storm debris collection begins and temporary housing options are available, including Emergency Housing Resources through FEMA for those with inhabitable homes.

Debris Pick Up
The city will begin collecting storm debris in flood-impacted neighborhoods on Thursday, Sept. 7. They are asking residents who would like their debris picked up, to place separated debris on the curb. If residents have items that they need to keep for insurance or other purposes, they should keep them on private property and make sure they are not on the curb or right of way.

If you would like debris picked up, follow these guidelines:

The City of St. Petersburg will be picking up the following types of debris in flood-impacted areas:

  • Construction and demolition (C&D) debris
  • Fencing materials: fences knocked over during the storm
  • Construction materials: building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, plumbing
  • White goods: appliances and furniture
  • Appliances: air conditioners, dishwashers, washers and dryers, stoves, refrigerators, water heaters
  • Electronics: computers, televisions, and other devices
    Hazardous materials: batteries, cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides, oils, compressed gas

Debris placement: If your debris is placed in the right-of-way, that indicates to our team that it’s ready to be picked up. If it’s not ready for pick-up, please keep it on your private property.

Place debris in front of the house near the roadway curb in the right-of-way

  • DO NOT place debris near trees, poles, fire hydrants, utility boxes, or other structures that make debris removal difficult.
  • DO NOT place debris in alleyways or on sidewalks.
  • DO NOT place debris in the street or block roadways.

Vegetative debris — Vegetative debris from the storm should be placed in resident’s trash bin for regularly scheduled pick up. If it does not fit, please call 727-893-7398 and schedule a special pick-up.

Emergency Housing Resources:
Resources are available for St. Pete residents impacted by Hurricane Idalia.

American Red Cross Shelter
In cooperation with Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Allendale United Methodist Church for anyone in Pinellas who needs a safe place to stay after Hurricane Idalia.

Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Rd. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

More information at

Recreational Vehicles & Travel Trailers
Mayor Ken Welch is authorizing the on-site use of recreational vehicles and travel trailers on residential lots for residents in flood-impacted neighborhoods. For the next six months, the City of St. Petersburg will suspend issuing fines, citations, and penalties related to this specific sheltering and housing plan for residents displaced by Hurricane Idalia.

More information at

FEMA Financial Assistance
Residents impacted by Hurricane Idalia may be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) financial assistance for temporary lodging, basic home repairs, personal property losses, and other uninsured disaster-related expenses.

For more information or to apply, visit, download the FEMA App, or call toll-free 800-621-3362.

For additional assistance, St. Pete residents in adversely affected areas can contact Helen Rhymes, Social Services Planning Manager, at or 727-893-4149 for additional assistance.

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