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Hurricane Matthew Update No. 7: General Information

RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2016


7,500 sandbags filled
9 shelters open
481 general population people sheltered
48 special needs people sheltered
24 animals sheltered
Citizens Information Line: Wednesday: 381 calls, Thursday 591 calls (current)


Level 1: Full Activation


The Citizens Information Line is open 24 hours for citizens needing emergency information and can be reached at 352-253-9999. 


Lake County issued a voluntary evacuation order effective immediately due to flooding predicted in Astor along the St. Johns River. The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning for the St. Johns River at Astor as Major Hurricane Matthew is expected to produce winds that will push water up the river. The river is expected to crest at Astor at 4.6 feet between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday. The normal flood level is 2.8 feet.


Lake County has not issued a curfew, restrictions, or special requirement for driving during the storm. However, motorists should exercise caution and stay off the roads during the storm due to the likelihood of downed power lines or trees. Never drive on flooded roadways.


All Lake County primary and special needs shelters are pet friendly, and are now open 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 


  • Prescriptions and emergency medications 
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements 
  • Important personal documents 
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, 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 to shelters 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.
  • Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets only. No livestock will be admitted. For livestock, it is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures.


  • All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, are closed Friday.
  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office administrative offices are closed Friday.
  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will close for adoptions and administrative business Friday and Saturday.
  • The Lake County Supervisor of Elections will be closed Friday, but open Saturday for advertised voter registration.
  • The Lake County Department of Health offices are closed Friday.
  • Lake County branch libraries, parks and the Lake County Extension are closed on Friday. To find out the latest information about weekend library or parks events, call 352-253-6180.


Sandbags at unincorporated county locations are limited to 20 sandbags per household per day. Sand is available based on a limited supply. 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 110: 6234 County Road 561, Clermont
  • Station 39: 31431 Walton Heath Ave., Sorrento
  • Station 53: 2505 Spring Lake Road, Fruitland Park will no longer offer sandbags


  • 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. Household collection services will resume Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Residents should not put trash out until 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Convenience centers and the Central Landfill Facility will be open on Saturday.


  • All Lake County Connection paratransit trips and LakeXpress fixed route bus services have been suspended.

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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