EUSTIS — Officials from the Lake County Property Appraiser's Office have completed its initial estimate of Eustis property damage that was inflicted by the Sept. 20 tornado.
The estimate of damage was collected by an assessment team of property appraisers on Friday, Sept. 21, and subsequently reviewed and analyzed by officials from the City of Eustis and the Lake County Emergency Management Division. The report estimates 116 residential properties received some type of storm damage for a total of $6.19 million in property loss.
The identified properties are split into four categories: destroyed, major, minor and affected. According to the report, 41 homes were affected, 41 received minor damage, 27 had major damage and seven were destroyed. The definitions for each category are as follows:
• Destroyed Structure is a total loss or damaged to such an extent that repairs are not economically feasible.
• Major Structure has sustained structural or significant damage, is uninhabitable and requires extensive repairs.
• Minor Structure is damaged and uninhabitable, but may be made habitable in a short period of time with home repairs.
• Affected Structure sustained some damage, but is still habitable without repairs.
According to officials, the initial property-damage assessment identified one square mile, or about eight city blocks, that were affected by the Sept. 20 tornado. The majority of the damaged structures were located on the following roadways: Ambassador Avenue, East Lakeview Avenue, East Tyringham Road, Chesterfield Court, Fahnstock Street, Michigan Avenue, Monterey Drive, Osceola Road, Palm Avenue, South Center Street, St. Andrews Boulevard, Virginia Court and West Crooked Lake Place.
The City of Eustis and Lake County Emergency Management Division are currently working to investigate how residents can receive assistance, in the form of low-interest loans, from the U.S. Small Business Administration. As this information becomes available, it will be disseminated through the media and the City of Eustis information line at (352) 483-5430. Some assistance is currently available through Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) at (352) 483-1029 and the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.