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With Tropical Depression 9 bearing down on Florida, both Lake County and the City of Clermont are offering sandbags to residents. It is expected to become a tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently at Level 3 Monitoring. Staff is communicating with the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information and will adjust the EOC activation levels as needed.

"East-Central Florida impacts are currently forecasted to be heavy rainfall of three to seven inches through Thursday with rainy, squally weather and a chance for isolated tornadoes," said Tommy Carpenter, Manager of Lake County Emergency Management.

"There is still some uncertainty in the forecast as to how strong Tropical Depression 9 will develop and the entirety of impacts to Lake County, so we are urging residents to make proper preparations, remain weather aware, ensure they have a working NOAA weather radio and monitor local media outlets."

Locally sandbags will be available from the county at Fire Station 110 at 6234 County Road 561 in Clermont and from the City of Clermont at the Clermont Public Works Department at 400 12th St.

County hours are 8am to 8pm. Clermont hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to 2:30pm.

Clermont will provide the sand and the bags but ask that you bring your own shovel. Assistance will be provided for those who need it. There is a 10 bag limit. No residency proof is required.

The county will provide up to 20 bags per household.

"To avoid flooding dangers, never drive through flooded roadways and be especially cautious when driving at night," advised Carpenter. "Residents are encouraged to develop a family communication plan, decide on a meeting location in the case of an emergency, and prepare a disaster go-kit, including important personal, medical and legal papers, stored in a safe place. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.ready.gov.

Clermont, meanwhile, has asked that if there are any roads blocked due to fallen trees or large limbs, people can call their public works department at 352-394-7177 during normal working hours or 352-394-5588 after hours.


Lake County and the City of Clermont are offering sandbags to residents due to pending heavy rains
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Residents pack sandbags during Tropical Storm Colin earlier this season. Sandbags are available locally in Clermont and through the county off of SR561. Tropical Depression 9 is expected to grow to a tropical storm in the next 24 hours. Flooding is expected locally. (Courtesy photo)


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