Lake County residents still reeling from Ian floodwaters brace for Nicole
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Some neighborhoods in Astor are still dealing with flooding left by Hurricane Ian, and now they’re worried about the additional rain Subtropical Storm Nicole could bring. The water levels are way down in many places, but there is still some flooding in the street. READ: Subtropical Storm Nicole expected to continue to strengthen; see updated trackEven if the storm doesn’t hit Lake County directly, if the area near Saint Johns River sees much rainfall, residents say the water will flow north toward Astor. Water on the Saint Johns River is currently at moderate flood stage levels, but projections put it back close to major flood levels stage by this weekend. READ: Brevard County officials urge residents to prepare now for Subtropical Storm NicoleSubtropical Storm Nicole expected to continue strengthening The tropics are churning out another disturbance, even as parts of Central Florida continue to recover from Hurricane Ian.wftv.com
‘Our yards are like a mudslide’: Astor homes still underwater from Hurricane Ian
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been nearly a month since the St. Johns River reached historic levels because of Hurricane Ian, but some people living in Lake County are still dealing with issues. Officials said the water levels of the St. Johns River in the community of Astor broke a record dating back to 1933. Some Astor residents who don’t have the floodwater in their homes anymore have it around their homes. “Our yards are like a mudslide.”In other parts of town, residents still have water in their homes, and they’re just now dealing with insurance adjusters. Read: Hurricane Ian disaster recovery center to open in Lake CountyVIDEO: Astor residents deal with record-breaking flooding after Hurricane Ian Astor residents deal with record-breaking flooding after Hurricane IanClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
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. 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. READ: Fort Myers man rode out Hurricane Ian on boat“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.wftv.com
Astor residents deal with record flooding after Hurricane Ian
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Residents in Astor are dealing with record-breaking flooding following Hurricane Ian. National Weather Service records show the water level on the St. Johns River was higher over the weekend than the previous record set in 1933. READ: ‘They didn’t care about us’: Orlo Vista residents frustrated with county’s response to Hurricane IanWhile the water level has dropped a little over the last couple of days, residents said that’s happened before, then suddenly it rises again in the low-lying community. FEMA and the National Weather Service have also surveyed the area. Cloud days after Hurricane Ian'The worst I've seen': Volusia County officials rush to repair seawall damage from Hurricane Ian Even with the sun shining over the ocean waves, there are lingering signs of the impact of Hurricane Ian in Daytona Beach.wftv.com
12 families saved from flooding in Lake County
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Emergency crews rescued 12 families from Astor in Lake County, an area prone to flooding, amid Hurricane Ian, Channel 9 has confirmed. Channel 9 has learned that rescue crews are facing a challenge reaching additional families at this time because of rising flood waters. Ten families are still there. HURRICANE IAN UPDATES: Flash flood warnings in effect across Central Florida as storm weakensAstor is located near the St. Johns River. County officials said the flooding is worse on Tarragona Way.wftv.com
Man and woman hospitalized after shooting between boat and jet skis on St. Johns River, deputies say
Man and woman hospitalized after shooting between boat and jet skis on St. Johns River, deputies sayASTOR, Fla. — A man and a woman were shot after an altercation between people on a boat and jet skis on the St. Johns River on Saturday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred around 4:35 p.m. in the area of the Midway Marina. SEE: Tesla on autopilot crashes into FHP cruiser on I-4Lake County deputies responded along with deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The two people who were shot in the incident were airlifted to a hospital for treatment with life-threating injuries, deputies said. READ: ‘I killed the devil’: Polk County man shoots grandmother in neck, investigators sayChannel 9 has a crew working to gather more information and will have a on-going coverage on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
$10,000 reward offered after black bear shot, killed in Central Florida
ASTOR, Fla. – After a black bear was found shot and killed behind a home in Lake County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest. Black bear killed In AstorAccording to the FWC, black bears are protected by law and it is illegal to kill a bear without a hunting or depredation permit. There is one exception to the rule, which allows a person to kill a black bear if it is to protect human life. ”A viable alternative to shooting a bear perceived as a threat is through the use of bear spray,” officials said. The use of paintballs, bear spray and sling shots are also allowed under FWC guidelines.
Two new COVID-19 testing locations open in Lake
The temporary drive-thru sites will open in Fruitland Park and Astor, and operate alongside the currently existing testing sites at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Clermont Arts and Recreation CenteTAVARES Adult Medicine of Lake County will open two new COVID-19 testing locations this week, one extending a reach into the farthest edges of northeast Lake, the county announced Tuesday. The temporary drive-thru sites will open in Fruitland Park and Astor, and operate alongside the currently existing testing sites at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Clermont Arts and Recreation Center. Adult Medicine of Lake County is providing the service for $20 each, whether its a swab or antibody test, thanks to a grant achieved last week. The two new locations are opening in place of one location discontinued last week at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg. All tests used at the sites are FDA approved and available to both residents and non-residents of Lake County.dailycommercial.com
St. Johns River at flood warning status, Lake County issues no wake zone
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - There is concern over flooding in the Lake County community of Astor because the nearby St. Johns River is more than 2 feet above normal levels due to a rainy summer. Residents living next to the river say they are nervous as Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring more rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday. Those living in the low-lying areas of Astor surrounding the St. Johns River are being encouraged to seek higher ground. The Bells were here during Hurricane Irma and say their backyard flooded then and they fear it will happen again. The county has instituted a no wake zone along the river until further notice and the emergency operations center is at level one.
Lake County braces for St. Johns River to flood during Hurricane Dorian
On Friday, Lake County Emergency Management Director Tommy Carpenter announced that the St. Johns River was at action stage and is expected to flood midweek if Hurricane Dorian continues on its current track. Now with Hurricane Dorian barreling toward Central Florida, many are scared it will be deja vu. But for some Lake County residents, this will be their first hurricane in this area. Right now there are five sandbag locations stationed across Lake County for residents living in the district. Carpenter encouraged all Lake County residents to be ready by noon on Sunday.
Sanford man accused of attack in Astor
ASTOR Deputies arrested a Sanford man Tuesday after a call for a ride out of Astor turned into harrowing fight for his alleged victim. The man told deputies that when he arrived to pick up the woman, Boone and another man, identified as Tyler Cribbs, exited the Astor home and began arguing with him as Boone's girlfriend packed her bags. Cribbs, who wasnt there when deputies arrived, reportedly hit the victim with a pipe while Boone grabbed the knife and stick. The victim said he managed to disarm Cribbs and get the knife from Boone after he was struck by the stick. Cribbs has a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated battery, and deputies are still looking for him.dailycommercial.com