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Morning update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2007

TAVARES — The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:
  • Residents are encouraged to first contact their home insurance company before seeking building permits or FEMA assistance. To apply for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA or log on to www.fema.gov.

  • Staff from the Lake County Department of Growth Management is deployed in the affected area alerting residents of how they can protect themselves from unlicensed contractors. 

  • Two Disaster Recovery Centers are scheduled to be open Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. These centers provide people with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists. Representatives with the state and federal governments will be on site to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals. FEMA assistance helps supplement insurance claims. The centers are located at:
    • 1985 Laurel Manor Drive
      Lady Lake, FL 32162
    • 31029 Lake Mack Road
      DeLand, FL 32720

  • A preliminary storm survey by the National Weather Service determines that separate F-3 tornadoes impacted the communities of Lady Lake and Lake Mack. Current disaster assessment in the affected unincorporated Lake County areas includes:
    • Lady Lake
      • 101 damaged residences
      • 35 destroyed residences
    • Lake Mack
      • 76 damaged residences
      • 31 destroyed residences

  • The following water and ice distribution and Salvation Army feeding sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5:
    • Lady Lake American Legion, 669 W. Lady Lake Blvd.
    • Lake Mack Fire Station, 31039 Lake Mack Road
    • Lady Lake Mobile Home Park, 2934 Lake Griffin View Road (feeding station only)

  • At this time, no further assistance is needed from independent debris haulers. Emergency management officials thank those that offered their services, but the County’s and Town of Lady Lake’s contracted debris haulers are out in the field and working diligently. On Feb. 4, Lake County and the contracted debris hauler collected and disposed of more than 1,200 cubic square feet of debris.

  • For all storm debris-related issues, Lake County residents ONLY 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.

  • The Town of Lady Lake Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are asking motorists to stay out of the affected areas. Increased traffic around these areas only slows down recovery efforts. The following roads are barricaded to allow for free access for emergency workers and debris haulers.
    • The intersection of Griffin View Drive and S. Grays Airport Road
    • Lake Mack Drive from Lake Mack Road to Anna Street.

  • The Red Cross and Lake County Health Department are currently coordinating outreach stations for counseling services.

  • Lake County emergency workers and relief staff appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. Emergency management officials are strongly encouraging people from dropping off donations as it is hindering some relief efforts. It is requested that all monetary donations be placed through a non-profit disaster agency.


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