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Afternoon Update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2007

TAVARES, FLA -- Feb 10, 2007 -- The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:
  • UPDATE: Operation: Groundhog Heroes has established a base at 33926 CR 473 in Leesburg. For the safety and wellbeing of volunteers and residents, all individuals and organizations volunteering should call: 352-343-9491. This coordinated volunteer effort can more efficiently, effectively and safely help facilitate the recovery process.
  • At this time, due to the outpouring of goods and donations to the Lake Mack area, direct donations are not being requested. Lake County Officials wish to thank everyone for their generosity and concern, and encourage them to donate to their favorite not-for profit organization.
  • 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. Four 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
    • 1669 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL 32720
  • UPDATE: Disaster-relief supplies, including water, ice, food, tarps and tents, are scheduled to be available on Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lake Mack Fire Station, located at 31039 Lake Mack Road.
  • Current damage assessment for Lake County is $24.8 million in structural damage. 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 and Lake Sumter 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.
  • UPDATE: 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 46,213 cubic yards.
  • Lake County Environmental Services reports routine garbage pick up has been progressing as scheduled in the affected areas. 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.
  • UPDATE: 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 and Lake Mack Disaster Recovery Center to issue non-structural permits from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To date, 48 permits have been issued.

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