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Morning update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2007

TAVARES — The following information is an update from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center:

  • Comprehensive disaster assessment teams deployed this morning to the impacted communities. These teams consisted of County building inspectors, Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives, State Emergency Response Team representatives and staff from the County Property Appraiser’s Office.
  • Water and ice distribution sites are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. at the following locations:
    • Lady Lake American Legion, located at County Road 466 and Rolling Acres Road
    • Paisley Fire Station, located at 25310 County Road 42
    • In the Lake Mack community at 31039 Lake Mack Road
  • Relief workers and emergency staff send their condolences to the families who suffered loss of life during this disaster. The number of confirmed fatalities currently stands at 20 (seven in the Lady Lake area and 13 in the Paisley/Lake Mack communities).
  • Three shelters are currently opened at:
    • First Baptist Church, located at 25145 Fisherman's Road in Paisley
    • Villages Elementary School, located at 695 Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake (also special needs, pet friendly)
    • Bay Street Baptist Church, located at 1724 South Bay Street in Eustis (special needs only)
  • Feeding stations are currently being opened by the Salvation Army, Red Cross and other non-profit organizations. Call the Lake County Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732 for exact locations.
  • Residents are encouraged to begin moving debris to the curb. Residents should make three separate piles: storm-related debris, vegetative debris and household trash. Please do not block mailboxes, driveways, storm drains or fire hydrants with debris. For a complete list of locations where residents can drop off debris, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.
  • According to Progress Energy, currently 109 residences are without power. Sumter Electric Cooperative is reporting all power is restored in the Paisley and Lake Mack communities.

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