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Morning update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2007

TAVARES - The following information is an update from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

  •  The Lake County Volunteer Center base camp, under the title “Operation: Groundhog Heroes,” opened fully operational this morning at 33926 County Road 473 in Leesburg. For the safety and well-being of volunteers and residents, potential volunteers and current volunteers working in the disaster areas are encouraged to register through this center. For more information about “Operation: Groundhog Heroes,” call the Lake County Citizens Information Line 24 hours a day at (352) 343-9732. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
  • 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. For a list of suggestions, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.
  • 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 Lake County residents with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists, representatives from state and federal government, and mental health counselors. The four centers Lake County residents can visit are located at: 38521 Lakeview Drive in Lady Lake; 1985 Laurel Manor Drive in The Villages (Sumter County); 31039 Lake Mack Road in the Lake Mack community; and 1669 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand (Volusia County).
  • Disaster-relief supplies, including water, ice, food, tarps and tents, are available today 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 (Four in the Lake Mack community and six in the Town of Lady Lake and Lake and Sumter counties) from the American Red Cross are deployed to damaged areas making house-to-house calls. Personnel are dispensing food and refreshments from these units.
  • Two American Red Cross (ARC) service centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for tornado-impacted residents to apply for ARC disaster assistance in the form of vouchers for food and clothing. These centers are located at the Lady Lake Municipal Center, 409 Fennell Blvd., and the Lake Mack Fire Station, 31039 Lake Mack Road.
  • 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. It is estimated that the Groundhog Day tornadoes caused more than 200,000 cubic yards of debris in Lake County.
  • Several Lake County drop-off locations for household trash and vegetative debris have extended hours today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These locations are: Lady Lake Residential Drop-off, 1200 Jackson St.; Pine Lakes Residential Drop-off, 43029 County Road 44, DeLand; and Central Facility, 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares (this is the ONLY location that also accepts construction and demolition debris).
  • The Lake County Department of 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 Lake County Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732. 
  • The Lake County Building Services Division is offering extended hours from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, for expedited permitting of storm-damaged properties. At the Town of Lady Lake and Lake Mack disaster recovery centers, the Building Services Division has a plans examiner and building technician stationed 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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