Sand is available at 4 Lake County Fire stations
TAVARES — For residents concerned about potential flooding due to Tropical Storm Erika, sand is available at the following four Lake County Fire stations:
Fire Station 10
23023 State Road 40
Fire Station 14
42700 State Road 19
Fire Station 53
2505 Spring Lake Road
Fire Station 110
6234 County Road 561
Residents must bring their own shovels and bags, and are allowed to take 10 bags of sand per household. Hours for pickup are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. until further notice.
Follow these safety tips to avoid flooding dangers:
• Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio for vital weather-related information.
• Avoid roads already flooded and never drive through flooded roadways.
• Get to higher ground as soon as possible.
• Be especially cautious when driving at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
• If heavy rain is forecast or occurring, move vehicles away from waterways.
• “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
The City of Clermont is offering free sandbags to the public beginning immediately through Monday. The following alerts are provided to help residents prepare for the possibility of Tropical Storm Erika passing through Central Florida early next week, with potential heavy winds and rain in the meantime:
- Sandbags – Sand and sandbags are available immediately at the city’s Public Works Department at 400 12th Street. Residents can fill up the bags for free with a limit of 10 bags.
- Preparation – Residents are urged to start getting prepared for the possibility of heavy winds and rain, including securing items, such as patio umbrellas and trash cans. A complete guide can be found at www.lakecountyfl.gov/hurricane_guide. This site includes instructions about shelters, disaster-supply kits, a tracking chart and other important information.
- Emergency shelter – If emergency officials decide to open shelters, the closest one for Clermont residents is at Lost Lake Elementary School, 1901 Johns Lake Road. This shelter is pet-friendly and includes shelter for people with special needs. Pet owners should have their animal’s vaccination records along with food and water for the pet. People with special needs should register with the county at 352-343-9420.
- Fallen limbs and other debris blocking the roads – Should you see tree limbs or debris blocking roads, please call the Clermont Police non-emergency number: 352-343-2101.
- Updates – Beginning later today, updates will be posted on the city’s website www.ClermontFL.gov.
If residents have any non-emergency questions, they can call the city’s public information officer at 352-241-7345 or 352-460-2229.