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Updated: 11/18/2017 08:48:53AM

Irma pushes overtime for city departments

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North Port Police officers work together at a shelter during Hurricane Irma. Many city and county officers were in shelters over the weekend to help patrol.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Overhead linemen work after Hurricane Irma on a poll along US 41 in North Port.

SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL
Street flooding along Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda on Sept. 12 caused by Hurricane Irma. Legislators are considering a multiple options tied to development and abandonment of areas that tend to flood, amind increasingly powerful and numerous hurricanes. One proposal would call for the state to buy such lands or create permanent conservation easements.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LAWSON

Yegor Klimantovich glances at damage from Hurricane Irma at a property he owns along Myakka Drive in North Port. He was working to clear debris from the property with a friend on Friday.

By LAUREN COFFEY

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NORTH PORT — Every year, the city’s department heads guess how many hours their employees will work, and how many of those may be overtime.

The result can end in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars, often unavoidably. But the 2017 fiscal year doubled that number, thanks to one factor officials could not predict: Hurricane Irma.

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