TAVARES —The National Hurricane Center announced today that Erika has dissipated, and is no longer a tropical storm. The Lake County Emergency Operations Center is currently at
Level III/Monitoring, and continues to watch what is expected to be a rain event.
“We anticipate that remnants of Erika could still pose a heavy rainfall threat to parts of the county,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “The next 24 to 48 hours will be critical as low-lying areas who have already been receiving significant rainfall brace for the additional rain.”
For residents concerned about potential flooding, sand is available at the following locations:
Residents must bring their own shovels, and are allowed to take 10 bags of sand per household. Hours for pickup are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. until further notice.
- Fire Station 10 - 23023 State Road 40, Astor
- Fire Station 14 - 42700 State Road 19, Altoona
- Fire Station 53 - 2505 Spring Lake Road, Fruitland Park
- Fire Station 110 - 6234 County Road 561, Clermont
- Clermont Public Works - 400 12th St. (Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- City of Eustis - 100 W. Norton Ave. (Self-service. Bags, shovels and sand will be provided.)
Emergency management officials continue to urge residents to develop a family communication plan and prepare a disaster supply kit. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.ready.gov.
Residents should also consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio and sign-up to receive local media weather text alerts.
For details about planning for an emergency, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency. For information during an emergency, follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.