Food, assistance coming to residents of Lake County devastated by Hurricane Ian

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Relief is coming to people living in the devastated area of northeast Lake County.


Much of the community of Astor remains underwater, and several neighborhoods on the Saint Johns River started taking on a lot of water on Saturday. Many of the homes are surrounded.

Without a boat or a high-water vehicle, if people want to get out, they need to wade through snake- and alligator-infested waters.

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Lake Support and Emergency Recovery Team, or LASER, showed Channel 9 some of the hardest-hit areas. The nonprofit has been delivering food and water for those who can’t get out of their neighborhoods.

The nearby food and water station set up by LASER, the county and Kroger has been a godsend for some residents.

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“Anything is helpful, especially water,” Astor resident Lloyd Winfield said. “All the wells are pretty much inundated right now.”

Residents in Lake County are also now eligible to apply for assistance from FEMA for things like temporary housing and basic home repairs.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.