Lake County announced on Tuesday morning that all curbside collection services will be suspended on Wednesday, August 30 in preparation for Hurricane Idalia, which currently has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
According to Lake County Emergency Management, curbside collection services will be suspended on Wednesday. Officials say that any waste not collected by Tuesday at 6 p.m. needs to be “removed from the roadside and secured.”
Wednesday curbside pickup will be shifted to Thursday, and residents who are scheduled for Thursday pickup will be shifted to Friday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Lake County officials announced a collection of government and school closures, as well as shelter openings.
Lake County government offices, including the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, libraries, schools, and district offices, will all be closed on Wednesday, August 30. The county says additional closures are “likely to follow,” and will update the general public as the hurricane approaches.
Lake County currently is operating seven sandbag stations across the county. Officials say supplies will be dispensed up until “storm conditions begin.”
Two pet-friendly emergency shelters will open for residents today at 3 p.m. at the Villages Elementary of Lady Lake (695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake) and Lost Lake Elementary (1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont).
The county also says the Special Needs Registry will suspend registrations until the hurricane has cleared.
Officials are reminding residents who experience power outages to contact their electricity provider. The following is a list of companies provided power to the county:
Eustis Office: 352-357-5600; Groveland Office: 352-429-2195; Sumterville Office: 352-793-3801