ASTOR—A River Flood Warning remains in effect for the St. Johns River at Astor, per the U.S. National Weather Service Melbourne Florida: Minor flooding will continue on the St. Johns River at Astor. Levels will remain elevated the next several days, but with a slight decrease into early next week. River levels on the St. Johns River above Lake Harney near Geneva are expected to slowly rise to Action Stage late this weekend and remain elevated into next week.
At Action Stage, water surface is near or slightly above the top of its banks, but no man-made structures are flooded. Flood Stage is not expected at this time.
Minimal structure damage has been reported, however many roads remain impassable due to downed trees and power lines. As of 10:30 a.m., 2,242 were without power in the Astor area alone, with Clay Electric working to restore power. Customers should call 1-888-434-9844 to report outages.
When roads become passable, Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) will able to offer assistance for residents affected by Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers are available to help cut debris with chainsaws, install free tarps and provide flood buckets. LASER conducts these operations through a coordinated communitywide approach, which offers immediate and long-term unmet needs of local citizens.
To request help, owww.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagemenr to report any damage to structures, call the Lake County Citizens Information Line at 352-343-9999.
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