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Weekly update from Lake County Emergency Management

RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2007

TAVARES – The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, continues disaster-response operations from the Feb. 2 tornadoes.

Officials would like to remind residents in the affected areas that while the deadline to place storm-related debris at the roadside has passed, they can still dispose of light litter and vegetative debris following normal garbage collection guidelines, which include:
  • Household Garbage — Materials weighing no more than 50 pounds each must be enclosed in a secure container and placed within 3 feet of the curb or edge of the road by 6 a.m. on the designated pick-up day. No construction or demolition debris is allowed.

  • Yard Waste — Material must be bagged, bundled or in an easy to handle container and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Limbs and branches must be tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds, be no longer than 4 feet in length with limbs no greater than 6 inches in diameter.

  • Appliances and Furniture — Residents should call their designated hauler to schedule a pick-up. Appliances and furniture should be placed at the curb for pick-up by the hauler. These items are taken to the landfill for recycling.
Debris may also be taken to one of Lake County's residential drop-off facilities. For locations and hours of operation, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: trash, or call (352) 343-3776. As of March 15, a total of 138,970 cubic yards of debris materials have been collected in unincorporated Lake County.

The following new information is an update from the Lake County Emergency Management Division:
  • The Lake County Building Services Division continues to issue tornado-related damage permits free of charge. The previous set deadline of March 21 for this service has been discontinued. Using a comprehensive list of all the damaged properties in Lake County, officials will continue to issue tornado-related permits free of charge to those owners desiring to replace pre-existing structures on their property. Residents are urged to take action as quickly as they are able, but the permit fee waiver will continue to be applied to those tornado-damaged structures for the foreseeable future. All permits are issued at the Division office, located on the fifth floor of the Lake County Building Administration, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

  • While the remaining FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, residents can still apply for FEMA assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or logging on to www.fema.gov. As of March 12, Lake County residents have received nearly $1.3 million in financial assistance from FEMA.

  • The Lake County Volunteer Center base camp, under the title “Operation: Groundhog Heroes,” closed Friday, March 9. As of today, the remaining equipment is scheduled to be removed from the camp.

  • As of March 12, 36 FEMA trailers have been delivered and installed in Lake County (16 in Lake Mack, three in unincorporated Lake County and 17 in the Town of Lady Lake).

  • To make a monetary donation for long-term recovery efforts, mail checks payable to Lake County BCC (check note: LASER) to P.O. Box 1985, Lady Lake, FL 32158. For more information about making donations, call Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery at (352) 742-6550, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or e-mail laser_florida@yahoo.com.

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