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Morning Update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 9, 2007

TAVARES, FLA -- Feb 9, 2007 -- The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:
  • SAFETY MESSAGE: Be mindful when operating heavy equipment. Landmarks may have been destroyed. Special caution should be taken in areas septic tanks may be.
  • UPDATED: Lake County Animal Services reports having sufficient pet food for current operations. The Department would like to thank all those who contributed to the relief effort.
  • UPDATED: Disaster-relief supplies, including water, ice, food, tarps and tents, are scheduled to be available on Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lake Mack Fire Station, located at 31039 Lake Mack Road.
  • UPDATED: The Lake County Health Department will be on site to provide immunizations and tetanus shots at Sunshine Mobile Home Park.
  • UPDATED: Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) has established a base at the Church of God, located at 33926 C.R. 473, Leesburg, in the Bassville area.
  • UPDATED: Governor Crist and Under Secretary Paulison will be visiting the Lake County area today.
  • UPDATED: Today, the Salvation Army will have a mobile canteen station in the Lake Mack community distributing gift certificates, hygiene wipes (body size), and information on how to get assistance.  Tomorrow, 2/10, the Salvation Army will be in the Lady Lake, Sunshine, and Sky Hills communities distributing blankets, pillows, and hygiene items, as well as provide direction to residents on how to receive/apply for assistance.
  • UPDATED: A boil water notice has been lifted for the Blue Parrott RV Park.
  • Damage assessment has been nearly completed for Lake County resulting in an estimate of $24.8 million. Specific structural damage numbers include: unincorporated Lake County 206 damaged and 93 destroyed homes; and incorporated Lady Lake 163 damaged and 91 destroyed homes.
  • Ten Emergency Response Vehicles (4 in the Lake Mack area and 6 in the Lady Lake area) from the American Red Cross are deployed to damaged areas making house-to-house calls. Personnel are dispensing food and refreshments from these units.
  • 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, plant debris and household trash. Please do not block mailboxes, driveways, storm drains or fire hydrants with debris. The most current number for debris materials collected is 32,084 cubic yards.
  • Lake County Environmental Services reports routine garbage pick up has been progressing as scheduled in the affected areas. Emergency officials located several cans today of suspected household hazardous-waste material. If any clean-up workers discover unidentified household hazardous waste during debris removal, they are encouraged to report the location to the Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732.
  • The Building Division is offering extended hours from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, for expedited permitting of storm-damaged properties. The Building Services Division has a plans examiner and building technician stationed at the Lady Lake Disaster Recovery Center on Lakeview Drive to issue non-structural permits from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 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 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 from state and federal government, and mental health counselors. 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
  • Lake County is 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 bus service is provided from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last pick-up is at 4:30 p.m.)

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