TAVARES — Lake County remains under a flood watch until 8 p.m. Monday evening as the remnants of the former Tropical Storm Erika are expected to bring widespread heavy rains to the area beginning tonight. All Lake County government offices, as well as Lake County schools, are scheduled to be open Monday. The Lake County Emergency Operations Center remains at Level III/Monitoring.
"Many areas will receive several periods of rain, likely resulting in flooding, especially within urban and poor drainage areas," said Tommy Carpenter, manager of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. "The greatest concentration of rainfall is expected to occur along the coast in the morning and inland during the afternoon and evening on Monday. Lake County could see between three and five inches of rain within the next 24-48 hours."
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. - 7 p.m.)
- City of Eustis - 100 W. Norton Ave. (Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 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.