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Morning update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 7, 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 roadside 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. The most current numbers for debris materials collected is 25,000 cubic yards.

  • 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.

  • Three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open daily to serve Lake County residents 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:
    • 38521 Lakeview Drive, Lady Lake, FL 32159
    • 1985 Laurel Manor Drive, Lady Lake, FL 32162
    • 31039 Lake Mack Road, Deland, FL 32720

  • Damage assessment has been nearly completed for Lake County resulting in an estimate of $15.2 million. Specific structural damage numbers include:
  Lady Lake (unincorporated)       Lady Lake (in Town limits)        Lake Mack
  120 damaged homes                28 damaged homes                 73 damaged homes
  36 destroyed homes                 39 destroyed homes                33 destroyed homes
  • The following water and ice distribution and feeding sites are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. These sites also include various other supplies, such as tarps, tents, pillows and blankets.
    • 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)

  • Nine Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) from the American Red Cross are deployed to damaged areas making house-to-house calls. Personnel are dispensing food and refreshments from these units.

  • LifeStream Behavioral Center, in cooperation with the Department of Children and Families, has positioned behavioral health counselors at each of the DRCs. These counselors are available to speak with anyone experiencing stress or grief reactions.

  • The Lake County Health Department mobile unit is stationed at the Lake Mack Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This unit is assisting residents with minor medical needs, including offering free tetanus and flu shots. The unit is staffed with a nurse and medical technician.

  • This morning the Lake County Health Department resent two Disaster Community Health Assessment Teams (DCHAT) to the Lake Mack community. The teams will be administering tetanus and flu shots to residents and providing other medical care. Environmental specialists in the teams will also be looking at sanitary conditions.

  • Lake County is now providing bus transportation from the Lake Mack DRC to a local camp to allow residents access to bathroom facilities, a place to sit down and eat hot meals and to receive other supplies. This service is provided 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • For more disaster-related information, residents can call the Lake County Citizens Information Line (352) 343-9732 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.

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