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Hurricane Irma recovery update, storm debris collection information

RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2017

County Offices

  • All offices and services of the Board of County Commissioners are operating as normal.
  • All Lake County branch libraries have resumed normal operations. Fees have been reinstated.
  • The Discovery Gardens at the UF/IFAS Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, is closed until further notice due to storm debris from Hurricane Irma. The Extension Offices and Master Gardeners’ Clinic are open during regular business hours.

Lake County Garbage Collection

  • The county’s storm debris contractor is collecting in Umatilla today. On Tuesday, the contractor is expected to begin work in South Lake.
  • The Central Landfill Facility, 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week, until further notice.
  • All other convenience centers will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. Locations are as follows:
    • 200 Jackson St., Lady Lake
    • 54711 Astor Transfer Station Road, Astor
    • 25014 Rancho Lane, Paisley
    • 10435 Log House Road, Clermont
    • 32520 W. State Road 44, Deland
  • Alternately, storm debris can be left at the curb for pickup by the county’s contractor over the next few weeks, free of charge.
  • All residential disposal fees have been suspended until further notice.
  • Be aware that outside contractors who approach residents seeking payment for storm debris removal are not affiliated with Lake County.
  • If anyone is asked by their residential hauler for additional payment to remove debris, do not pay and immediately call 352-343-3776 to report this potentially fraudulent activity.

Lake County Transit

  • Lake County Connection, the county’s paratransit service, is operating as normal. To schedule a trip, call 352-742-2612.
  • LakeXpress, the county’s fixed route bus service, is operating as normal. Visit www.ridelakexpress.com for more information.


  • Lake County Fire Rescue asks residents to refrain from burning vegetative storm debris. Many residents remain without power and have their windows open. Smoke can cause upper respiratory issues. In addition, outdoor burning can tie up fire resources needed for emergency purposes.


  • Lake water levels are high after Hurricane Irma. Treat all lakes as a no-wake zone and proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway to avoid flooding nearby homes. An official no-wake zone is in effect and being enforced on the St. Johns River in Astor until further notice.

For Astor Residents

  • Sandbags are available 24/7 at Lake County Fire Station 10, located at 23023 State Road 40, Astor.

Disaster Assistance

  • Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER’s) mission is recovery from any disaster through a coordinated community-wide approach which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of our citizens. To apply for assistance, call 352-253-9999 or visit www.laserfl.com.
  • Register for Disaster Assistance by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).
    • Have this information ready when you apply: Social Security number; address; description of the damage; information about insurance coverage; phone number; bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

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