Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
07:46 pm
17 July 2019

Villages staff seeks residents’ input on hurricane preparation

At some point, the “aftermath” of Hurricane Irma ends and analysis for the next natural disaster begins.

The Villages district administration is soliciting input from Villages residents on how the community might make improvements in storm preparation. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 9.

District Manager Janet Tutt recently sent out a letter to residents thanking them for their actions before, during, and after the Sept. 10 hurricane. Preparation by The Villages Community Development Districts included lowering pond levels, taking wind screens down at recreation facilities, and securing infrastructure.

Damage in The Villages included substantial debris, lost power, downed trees, pond flooding and other areas of extensive amounts of water, building damage, and some infrastructure damage, but no reports of injuries, she writes.

These conditions “affected the districts’ normal operations and functions, and we continue to deal with a number of lingering challenges,” Janet says. “However, there is an end in sight and soon all that will be left is the necessary paperwork associated with insurance claims and FEMA.”

She and her staff are reviewing everything that transpired as a result of the storm and compiling items for discussion and improvements to the current emergency plan. Input also will allow staff to identify any additional public information efforts that may be needed to clarify situations, improve responsiveness, and meet the expectations of residents.

Residents may share their thoughts and input by contacting the district:

  • Email:  customerservice@districtgov.org  or janet.tutt@districtgov.org
  • Call:     Customer Service at 352.753.4508 or District Administration at 352.751.3939.
  • Mail:    District Administration, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL 32162, or place suggestions in the Utility/Amenity/District Correspondence box located at each postal facility (no postage required).

The CDDs’ purview and functions pertain to debris, sanitation services, water retention, property management, landscaping, golf, recreation, gates, utilities (water and wastewater), customer service, Community Watch, and Villages Public Safety. Any input received on other areas (shelters, electric utilities, emergency management, etc.) will be directed to the appropriate entity.

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