Columbia County opening Disaster Recovery Center on Wednesday after Idalia

Downed tree in Fort White in Columbia County due to impacts of Hurricane Idalia. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – Columbia County was one of the areas of Northeast Florida hit hardest by Hurricane Idalia, which left more than 26,000 customers without power late last month.

Because of the ongoing recovery efforts, Columbia County will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Wednesday in the former Lake City Reporter Building at 180 E Duval St., Lake City, FL 32055.

The center, which will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., will act as a centralized hub for services and government entities to work with residents toward full restoration from the effects of Hurricane Idalia.

Housed within the center will be several entities offering a variety of services including but not limited to the following:

  • Department of Children and Families -- Providing Hope Navigators and Crisis Counseling agency for disabilities
  • FEMA -- Answering questions and providing resource connections for residents
  • Department of Elder Affairs -- Providing representation and resources for the elderly
  • Department of Veteran Affairs -- Providing resources connection for veterans
  • Legal Services of North Florida -- Providing a rotation of legal representation and resources

About the Author:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.