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Hurricane Ian update from Lake County Emergency Operations Center


LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Emergency Management has released new details to help residents prepare for the oncoming storm. Please see below.

New information:

On Sunday, September 25, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency. More information can be found on the County’s website.

In preparation for the possibility of many Lake County public schools being used as storm evacuation shelters this week, the district has tentatively scheduled an early release day for Tuesday, September 27, and two following days of school closures. Parents were notified by phone on Sunday afternoon.

Starting Monday, September 26, limited assistance will be available at three sandbag locations for residents with disabilities. Inmates will be deployed to help pack and load sandbags for those who are unable to do so themselves. Depending on level of assistance needed, residents with disabilities may experience an extended wait time.

The three sandbag locations offering assistance are:

  • Fire Station 10 in Astor
  • The Minneola Athletic Complex
  • P.E.A.R. Park in Leesburg

Across Lake County’s five locations, residents collected more than 3,600 sandbags on Sunday, September 25.

Ongoing information:

The Citizens Information Line (CIL) will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Residents needing information should call 352-253-9999.

Sandbags will be available at five Lake County locations starting September 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 10 bags of sand per household. No tools will be provided at sand deployment sites and residents are responsible for filling their own bags. Sandbags will only be offered before the storm – no sandbags will be dispensed during storm conditions.

  • Astor Area 23023 State Road 40, Astor
  • East Lake Sports and Community Complex 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento
  • P.E.A.R. Park 26701 US Hwy 27, Leesburg
  • North Lake Regional Park, 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla
  • Minneola Athletic Complex, 1300 Fosgate Road, Minneola