HURRICANE IDALIA UPDATES
08/29/2023 12:00 pm:
City offices & Library Closed Tuesday at Noon and all day Wednesday Hurricane Idalia
08-28-23 3:30pm: The City of Leesburg Emergency Management Team has begun storm preparations for Tropical Storm Idalia. At this time, Leesburg is projected to be on the eastern edge of the cone of uncertainty, with tropical storm force weather conditions to be around the City in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
City closing and emergency announcements are anticipated to be made sometime Tuesday, August 29th. Currently Lake County and Lake County Schools have announced closures for Wednesday, August 30th.
Our team will continue to monitor the weather and will post updates as needed to this page and the City of Leesburg-Government Facebook page.
SANDBAGS: The Leesburg Public Works Department has sandbags available at the city’s Susan Street Athletic Complex located at 940 Susan Street in Leesburg. The site will be open from 8:00am- 5:00pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29, weather permtting. Residents must bring their own shovels and bag their own sand. Sandbags are limited to 10 per household.
City of Leesburg Video - How to Properly Fill and Use Sandbags
Lake County will open two emergency shelters for residents on Tuesday, August 29. The shelters will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. and both locations special needs shelters and pet friendly. The locations of the shelters are:
- Villages Elementary – 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake
- Lost Lake Elementary – 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont
Information on Hurricane Idalia is also available on the Lake County government website at www.lakecountyfl.gov .
To receive emergency notifications from Lake County, make sure you have signed up for updates from Lake County by going to www.AlertLake.com
Lake County Citizen Information Line is open until 7:00pm to answer storm related questions. Call: 352-253-9999
CITY OF LEESBURG EMERGENCY NUMBERS
◊ Police and Fire Life - Safety Emergencies: Dial 911
◊ Police Non-Emergency Complaints: 352-787-2121
◊ Electric Outage/Power Line Issue: 1-833-223-1313
◊ Natural Gas Leak: 352-728-9840
◊ Water Leak (business and after hours): 352-728-9835 or 352-516-1298
◊ Sewer/Wastewater Line: 352-728-9850
Information on active storms is always available from the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.
We encourage all citizens to be proactive and stay informed during emergencies. Listen to the radio and local television stations for official announcements. Subscribe to free e-mail and text alerts from local media news services. Many government entities also issue information via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Having a battery powered NOAA weather radio can provide timely warnings for hazards 24 hours a day. Please be sure to follow all instructions issued by local officials.
Below are links to websites that may provide useful information to help you develop a family plan for emergencies.
- City of Leesburg Hurricane Preparedness Video
- Hurricane Preparedness Video - Disaster Supply Kit
- City of Leesburg - How to Properly Fill and Use Sandbags
- Hurricane Preparation - The Weather Channel - Video
- Pet Preparedness - Hurricane Health Video
- Hurricane Awareness Video with Jim Cantore
- Lake County Emergency Management
- Lake County Special Needs Program
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- American Red Cross - Central Florida
- National Weather Service
- National Hurricane Center
- Department of Homeland Security Disaster Planning