TAVARES – Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 2 Hurricane moving off the coast of Central Florida late Wednesday.
GENERAL PUBLIC SHELTERS
The County’s six emergency shelters closed today, Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon. Approximately 570 people, in addition to 66 special needs persons, and 56 pets were accommodated over the course of two nights.
EOC ACTIVATION STATUS
Beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Lake County EOC will downgrade to a Level 3 – Monitoring status.
CITIZENS INFORMATION LINE
The Citizens Information Line answered 2,846 calls and called 1,549 special needs persons to coordinate sheltering. The CIL suspended service at noon on Wednesday. Those needing information should visit www.lakecountyfl.gov.
RESIDENTIAL TRASH COLLECTION
Lake County Solid Waste will collect Tuesday’s residential trash for those living in unincorporated Lake County today, Wednesday, Sept. 4, as was planned for this holiday week.
• Tuesday’s regular collections will be picked up Wednesday
• Wednesday’s regular collections will be picked up Thursday
• Thursday’s regular collections will be picked up Friday
• Friday’s regular collections will be picked up Saturday
Residents are encouraged to dispose of excess trash at a convenience center after the storm, if needed.
The Lake County Landfill, located at 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares, and all convenience centers will resume normal business hours on Wednesday. The following Convenience Centers: 10435 Log House Road, Clermont and 25014 Rancho Lane, Paisley, are normally open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Solid Waste will resume bulk trash pickup on Wednesday, weather permitting. To schedule a bulk pickup, or if you have any questions about regular collection, call 352-343-3776 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
All offices of the Board of County Commissioners, as well as the Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, administrative offices of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Health in Lake County are closed on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The Tax Collector’s Office re-opened Wednesday, Sept. 4, all other county offices will re-open on Thursday, Sept. 5.
ASTOR – ST. JOHNS RIVER
A River Flood Warning remains in effect for the St. Johns River at Astor. Heavy rain from Hurricane Dorian will cause the St. Johns River to continue to rise this week.
The river reached Moderate Flood Stage at Astor at around 3 a.m. today. At 3 feet, moderate flooding occurs, with water covering yards and further encroaching on many low-lying homes near the river. The St. Johns River at Astor is expected to crest at 3.4 feet Wednesday night. It reached 4.4 feet following Hurricane Irma in 2017.
A no wake zone is being enforced by LCSO on the St. Johns River until further notice. An idle-speed, no-wake zone means a vessel may not travel faster than required to maintain steerageway and headway.
Before flooding occurs, residents in the area are urged to immediately move to higher ground. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" Just six inches of moving water can knock people down and two feet of water can sweep vehicles away.