The City of Mount Dora is working to clean up Lake John and Lake Gertrude after a catastrophic failure of a lift station.
Portions of the roadway in Dogwood Mountain Reserves, located off Old Eustis Road in the Lake John area, suffered a significant wash-out during the height of Hurricane Irma. The damage resulted in a broken water line which released water downstream and flooded the Lake John area. The floodwaters also entered the sanitary sewer system caused a sewage release. The spill went into Lake John, a small seasonal pond in a residential area. Nearby Lake Gertrude, a larger spring-fed lake frequently used by families for recreational activities, was also affected.
There is a foul smell in the area and residents are urged to avoid going near the lakes until clean up is complete. Wildlife in the area appears to be unaffected.
City water distribution and collection crews have been working diligently since the storm to resolve the situation, according to city officials. Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified. The city will have an environmental reparation firm on site to fully clean the damage caused by the situation.