Residents and Businesses Urged to Trim Trees in Case of an Emergency
EUSTIS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) – The City of Eustis is taking steps to prepare for any potential tropical storms and hurricanes this season. Residents and business owners are urged to prepare in advance. These storms could result in flooding, fallen branches, power outages and traffic delays throughout the City. During storm events, crews and emergency personnel will be working around the clock, but they, along with crews around the region, may be overwhelmed, so please plan ahead in case of an emergency event.
One of the big issues from Hurricane Irma last year were fallen tree branches, which caused major power outages and blocked roads for emergency vehicles. Recently, the Eustis Fire Department identified several streets throughout the city that could delay quick responses to those locations due to tree limbs protruding or overhanging less than 14 feet above the street. Ordinance no. 16-12, sec. 82-3 states an owner needs to keep their trees and any vegetation properly trimmed, so branches do not protrude or overhang beyond the property line lower than 14 feet above the street.
Please take the time to trim or remove damaged trees and limbs that are lower than 14 feet that protrude or overhang from your property line. Your compliance with these requirements will help emergency crews better assist you in the event of an emergency to keep you and your property safe.
By taking preparation steps now, can go a long way towards lessening the impact of weather related emergencies. Also, please review your emergency plans and prepare your family, home, pets, and vehicles.
For additional hurricane preparedness information, including a list of local shelters, please visit the link below or contact the Lake County Citizens Information Hotline at (352) 253-9999.