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Afternoon 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:

  • Lake County has obtained a Presidential disaster declaration. Residents who wish to apply for FEMA assistance after calling their home insurer. To apply for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA or log on to www.fema.gov.
  • 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 and Salvation Army feeding sites are open at the following locations. The sites will remain open on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
    • 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 (water and ice only)
    • Lady Lake Mobile Home Park, 2934 Lake Griffin View Road (feeding station only)
  • Two 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)
    • The shelter at Bay Street Baptist Church closed at 11 a.m. today.
  • Family members and friends from out of state that want to check on loved ones are encouraged to log on to the Lake County Web site, www.lakecountyfl.gov, to fill out a well-being request form.
  • For all storm debris-related issues, Lake County residents are encouraged to call 1-866-540-2325 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. All 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.
  • Lake County emergency workers and relief staff appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. It is requested that all volunteer requests and donations be placed through the American Red Cross. For more information, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) / 1-800-257-7575 (Español).
  • There are no curfews enacted tonight, but increased patrols will continue throughout the night.
  • Between Progress Energy and Sumter Electric Cooperative all power that can be safely restored to residences has been. Remaining power issues are a result of damaged homes and must be addressed by a licensed electrician.

 

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