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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Fire/Rescue, and the Lake County Office of Emergency Management have established a unified command in Astor to monitor and manage the flood situation along the St. Johns River that has come about as a result of Hurricane Ian.

Areas of the community that are adjacent to the river are currently being assessed. At this point, the most impacted areas are as follows:

-Claire Street, and adjoining roads
-Alligator Road, Possum Road, and the roads to the north of these

In addition, the following boat ramps are closed due to flooding and unsafe conditions:

-Butler Street Boat Ramp
-Pearl Street Boat Ramp
-Lake George Boat Ramp

Several of the roads in these areas are under water, with more flooding likely in the coming days; therefore, these areas are closed to non-residents. Residents who must travel in these areas are asked to maintain minimal speeds to avoid forcing more water into the yards and homes of other residents.

People are also being asked to stay off the water in the Astor area to avoid pushing more water into the aforementioned areas.

The situation will continue to be monitored and further updates will be provided as they become available.

Released by John Herrell

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