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For immediate release - August 25, 2005

Lake County officials prepare for inclement weather

TAVARES — Key members from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center met Thursday morning to continue storm preparations for Hurricane Katrina.

As Hurricane Katrina makes landfall Thursday evening, meteorologists are predicting the storm will have the greatest impact in South Florida. However, Lake County could also receive between 2 to 4 inches of rain as a result of the storm.

“What this means for us is we’re probably not going to get a lot of high winds, but we’re forecasted to get some rain,” said Jerry Smith, Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division Director.

With isolated, minor flooding a possibility, Lake County officials are urging residents to take appropriate precautions. Sandbags will be available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Department of Public Works three maintenance facilities located at:

  • Maintenance Area I, 2310 W. Griffin Road, Leesburg
  • Maintenance Area II, 609 Disston Ave., Minneola
  • Maintenance Area III, 19720 E. Fifth St., Umatilla

Sandbags are limited to 25 per household. For more information about sandbag distribution, call the Lake County Department of Public Works at (352) 253-4980.

Residents are always encouraged to be prepared during hurricane season by updating their family’s disaster plan and restocking their family disaster kit. For more information about hurricane preparedness, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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