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Evening Update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2007

TAVARES   The following information is an update (new information in bold text) from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

  • The Lake County Emergency Operations Center has contingency plans in place in the event severe weather becomes an issue overnight. The plan includes having emergency vehicles announce warnings over a public address system and transporting individuals staying in tents to a shelter.
  • The Lake County Volunteer Center base camp, under the title “Operation: Groundhog Heroes,” opened yesterday 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. During the last two days, the center has registered 114 volunteers. Large organizations joining AmeriCorps, Christian Contractor's Association and VolunteerLAKE at the center today are: Florida Baptist Convention, Compassion Alliance, Florida First United Methodist and Lake & Sumter Emergency Response.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • The American Red Cross is demobilizing eight of its 10 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) in Lake County. The primary purpose of the two remaining ERVs tomorrow will be to dispense snacks and refreshments to the “Groundhog Heroes” working in the impacted communities.
  • 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. As of Sunday, Feb. 11, 62,650 cubic yards of debris materials have been collected. It is estimated that the Groundhog Day tornadoes caused more than 200,000 cubic yards of debris in Lake County. The Town of Lady Lake reports as of today more than 60,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 10,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris has been collected.
  • 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.

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