TAVARES – Lake County continues to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, with many areas throughout the county impacted by numerous downed trees and large storm-related debris.
The county has contracted with a debris management company to help in the recovery efforts. The vendor is working with county staff to assess impacted areas in order to determine the resources needed for pickup zones throughout the county, and the date ranges to expect debris to be collected. Lake County Public Works crews are also assisting in the debris cleanup throughout the county along major roadways.
For the initial round of pickups, the contracted debris hauler is focusing on areas with excessive amounts of debris in populated areas, with work beginning already in several areas of the county.
“Because the storm impacted many areas throughout the state, the recovery resources are being exhausted nationwide,” said Kristian Swenson, Interim Public Works Director. “We are happy to have resources starting to mobilize here in Lake County to help in the recovery efforts, but because of the amount of debris, we are anticipating that it will take some time to get it all cleared from the curbs.”
Residents are asked to ensure that storm-related debris is placed at the curb or on the side of the road for pickup. Vegetative debris, such as limbs, should be separated from construction debris, and all debris should be kept away from stormwater drains and off of roadways. The timeframe for the initial collection could be up to one month.
“We expect that the initial sweep being done in communities will collect a majority of the debris, but we are anticipating doing additional collections in some remote areas of the county, or households who missed placing their items out for collection,” added Swenson.
For those that are able to dispose of debris themselves, the county’s Central Landfill Facility and all convenience centers are accepting residential storm debris. The disposal sites will have extended hours, and fees waived until further notice.
Central Landfill Facility
13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week
All other convenience centers
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Locations are as follows:
200 Jackson St., Lady Lake
54711 Astor Transfer Station Road, Astor
25014 Rancho Lane, Paisley
10435 Log House Road, Clermont
32520 W. State Road 44, Deland
Be aware that outside contractors who approach residents seeking payment for storm debris removal are not affiliated with Lake County.
For any questions about collection services, including storm debris, call 352-343-3776.