Lake County officials are busily alerting residents about storm-related issues, from a water main break to yard debris cleanups. Check here periodically for the latest.
FEMA Declares Disaster Relief for Lake County
On Wednesday, FEMA announced Lake County will be included in the individual assistance declaration for Hurricane Irma, according to U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross.
Ross said, “After continuous and numerous phone calls with FEMA and state and local officials, and working tirelessly on behalf of those throughout all of District 15, I am happy to announce that FEMA officially declared Lake County is now included in the Individual Assistance declaration for Hurricane Irma. This declaration means all of District 15 now has received this much-needed declaration, and will allow individuals in Lake, Polk and Hillsborough Counties impacted by the hurricane to receive recovery support and disaster assistance. My next step is to push for the IRS tax filing extensions for Lake County. Even though there is much work still ahead, we are making strong headway. Thank you to the people of District 15, FEMA, the Florida Department of Emergency Management, and Governor Scott for helping make this happen.”
Apply at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Lake County organizations offer help to Irma-impacted businesses
Area businesses affected by Hurricane Irma can get information about federal assistance programs through the Emergency Operations Center.
Lake County Economic Growth will have representatives available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to help companies with the Business Disaster Assistance programs from the Small Business Development Center. Programs include the Florida Small Business Loan Program, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Physical Disaster Loans and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Also, the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida is available at its Mount Dora and Groveland offices starting Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mount Dora office is in Century Plaza, 17521 U.S. Highway 441, and the Groveland office is in Hunt Industrial Park, 15430 County Road 565A, Suite A.
For information, go to www.businessinlakefl.com.
Tavares announces debris pickup
The City of Tavares started picking up brush, branches and logs on Tuesday.
Instead of hiring contractors to come and pickup the debris, which could take weeks until they are available, the city wanted to get the debris up as soon as possible, said Chris Thomspon, Tavares public works director.
The pickup could still take a couple of weeks due to the amount of debris. In the meantime, the city will suspend bulk collection, which includes items like couches and mattresses.
Debris needs to be set near the curbside in piles and away from low hanging wires or branches and at least four feet away from any other items.
"It still may take a while, but we're out there right now," Thompson said.
Late Tuesday, Duke posted on its website that it expects to have power restored to its customers in Lake and Sumter counties by midnight on Sunday. "Our crews are focused on restoring the largest amount of customers each day and that means some customers will see their service restored much earlier," said Harry Sideris, president of Duke Energy Florida. "As crews respond to make repairs and restore service, specific estimated times of restoration will be updated for individual areas and customers. We have a workforce of more than 12,000 committed to this restoration effort. We are not stopping until the job is complete."
Updates on schoolsLake-Sumter State College will return to class Friday. Sumter County Schools will reopen Monday. Lake public schools will be closed through Friday. Mount Dora Christian Academy will be closed through Friday. First Academy of Leesburg will return to school Thursday. Montverde Academy will resume classes Thursday.
Yard debris cleanup
The Lake County Solid Waste Central Landfill Facility will be open for extended hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and all Solid Waste Residential Convenience Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
Collections for unincorporated residents only (those not living in municipalities) this week will be on a holiday schedule, meaning normal collections will shift by one day.
All residential disposal fees at the landfill will be suspended through Oct. 2. Residents may bring major storm debris to the Central Landfill Facility or convenience centers for disposal, free of charge. Alternately, storm debris can be left at the curb for pickup by a Solid Waste contractor over the next few weeks.
Limbs and branches must be no longer than 4 feet in length with limbs no greater than 6 inches in diameter.
Leaves may be bagged or placed into a customer-provided container, not a county-provided cart. Minimal vegetative storm debris can be disposed of as yard waste if it meets these requirements. All yard waste material must be placed within 3 feet of the curb or edge of the road no later than 6 a.m. on the designated pick-up day.
Regular yard waste cannot exceed 50 pounds.
Trash pickupLeesburg: Household trash pickup will be Thursday. Pickups of storm debris and construction debris will be announced when firm dates are set. Clermont: Bulk items, including limbs and other storm debris will be collected starting on Wednesday. Fruitland Park: Storm debris to be determined. Umatilla: Storm debris to be determined.
Boil water alerts
Clermont:A boil water notice has been issued for 29 homes in Clermont. The Florida Department of Health in Lake County has contacted the affected people directly. All other water customers with City of Clermont Utilities have safe drinking water.
During boil water alerts, health officials recommend one of the following:Boil water before use, holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes. Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6 percent strength) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once. If high strength bleach is used (8.25 percent strength), add 7 drops. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination; or use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.