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Evening update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2007

TAVARES — The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:

  • All Lake County residents that need assistance getting storm-related debris to the curb are encouraged to call 1-866-540-2325 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. 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.

  • Staff from the Lake County Department of Growth Management is deployed in the affected areas to alert residents of how they can protect themselves from unlicensed contractors. Click here fore more information. 

  • 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.

  • Two Disaster Recovery Centers are open daily 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
    • 31039 Lake Mack Road, DeLand, FL 32720

  • Damage assessment has been nearly completed for unincorporated Lake County resulting in:
    • Lady Lake Lake Mack
      • 100 damaged residences
      • 36 destroyed residences
    • Lake Mack
      • 73 damaged residences
      • 33 destroyed residences

  • The following water and ice distribution and feeding sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 6:
    • 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)

  • Five Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) from the American Red Cross were deployed to damaged areas. Personnel from the American Red Cross are dispensing food and refreshments from the ERVs.

  • 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. As of Sunday, Lake County and the contracted debris hauler collected and disposed of more than 9,000 cubic yards of debris in unincorporated Lake County.

  • 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.

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

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