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Hurricane Matthew Update No. 3: Shelters will open Thursday, government operations will close Friday

Shelters will open Thursday, government operations will close Friday

RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2016


Level 2 – Partial Activation; will increase to Level 1: Full Activation on Thursday at 7 a.m. 


The Citizens Information Line is open for citizens needing emergency information and can be reached at 352-253-9999. It is open until 7 p.m. this evening and reopens Thursday at 7 a.m. and will be staffed 24 hours a day until further notice. 


All Lake County primary shelters (general risk, special needs and pet-friendly) will open Thursday at 7 a.m. in the following locations:

Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula 

Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg — special-needs

Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont — special-needs 

Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte

Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora

Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley

Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg

Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla — special-needs

Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake — special-needs 

Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

Prescriptions and emergency medications 

Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements 

Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents 

Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items 

Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys 

Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled 

Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you 

Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself 

Pets must be brought in a carrier that is marked with the owner’s name, address and two phone numbers. Owners must have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations for their pets. Owners are responsible for taking care of their pets. It is recommended pet owners bring minimal pet supplies, such as food and water, to a county public shelter.


  • The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will be closed on Friday
  • All Lake County schools are closed Thursday and Friday
  • Lake County Library System Libraries will close on Thursday at noon, and will be closed on Friday
  • Lake County parks will close on Thursday at 5 p.m.
  • The Lake County Extension will be closed on Friday 
  • The Lake County Clerk of Court will close on Thursday at noon, and will be closed on Friday
  • The Lake County Courthouse will close on Thursday at noon, and will be closed on Friday


Sandbags at unincorporated county locations are limited to 20 sandbags per household per day. These locations are self-serve and residents need to bring their own shovels. Pickup hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and are available at the following locations:

Station 10: 23023 State Road 40, Astor

Station 14: 42700 State Road 19, Altoona

Station 53: 2505 Spring Lake Rd, Fruitland Park

Station 110: 6234 County Road 561, Clermont

Station 39: 31431 Walton Heath Ave., Sorrento


City of Eustis 

Eustis Fire Station #22, 100 W. Norton Ave., Eustis. Bags, shovels and sand will be provided. This will be self-service sandbag fill location however, assistance to those requiring it will be provided. 20 bags of sand per household. Pickup hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

City of Clermont 

Clermont Public Works Department at 400 12th St., Clermont from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Bags, sand and shovels are available. 

City of Minneola 

Minneola Fire Department, 307 Virginia St., Minneola. Residents should bring their own shovels. Bags and sand are on site.

•      City of Groveland

 Groveland Fire Station #95, 450 W. Orange St., Groveland. Shovels, bags and sand are available, up to 20 bags per person, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


All county trash, recycling and yard waste collection will be suspended Friday. Residents should keep their trash carts in a secure location overnight due to predicted high winds. Customers with normal Friday pickup will receive collection on Saturday.

Convenience centers will be open on Saturday.


All Lake County Connection paratransit trips have been canceled for Thursday and Friday. LakeXpress fixed route bus service will be suspended once sustained winds reach 37 MPH. LakeXpress will not operate on Friday.

To sign up for the latest emergency notifications, visit www.alertlake.com. For more information about Emergency Management, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. 




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Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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