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QUICK MOVING STORM RESULTS IN THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER

 

LAKELAND, FL (August 22, 2013) - At the peak of yesterday’s very intense storm there were 15,052 Lakeland Electric customers who were without power.  The storm moved through the area quickly but Lakeland Linder Regional Airport reported 65 mph winds with some areas of Lakeland also receiving over two-inches of rain.   Most of Lakeland Electric’s customers who initially lost energy due to the storm had their electricity restored quickly because of system control’s ability to reroute power. 

 

However, as of 8:30 p.m. last night about 800 customers were without power and as of 8:00 a.m. this morning approximately 200 customers are still without power. Lakeland Electric still has the following issues to repair:

-          6 Bad transformers

-          3 Broken poles

-          19 locations with downed wires

Lakeland Electric had 50 line workers who worked diligently overnight to restore power.  Twenty-eight fresh crew members reported this morning to continue the restoration work. Lakeland Electric has also enlisted the help of Bartow and Kissimmee who are each sending four crew members to assist in final restoration.

 

For more information regarding Lakeland Electric go to www.lakelandelectric.com and to view up to date power outages click on the Power Outage Tracker button on the home page. The Outage Tracker shows a map with the current outages for the Lakeland Electric Service Territory. The map is updated every five minutes in order to give customers the most recent information.

 

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Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will be resurfacing Lakeland Highlands Rd (From Glendale Ave North to E. Edgewood Dr.) during the week of August 26th thru 29th. 

Milling of the old surface will begin on Monday followed by the re-paving. The work is expected to take one week to complete.

Roads will remain open; however delays are expected during this work.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions you may reach Troy McCain Pavement Coordinator at 863 834-3300.



Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard has given the City of Lakeland one more reason to be proud. On July 24 Chief Ballard was selected as the Second Vice President for the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association (FFCA). Having served as the West Central Regional Director for the FFCA in years past, Chief Ballard will now be able to share his 36+ years of experience in an expanded capacity with fire service leaders from all over Florida as Vice President.

This professional platform will allow Chief Ballard to showcase the excellent emergency services that the Lakeland Fire Department offers the people of Lakeland, as well as create additional networking opportunities that will add to the quality of the fire department’s services. 

The FFCA is made up of fire and emergency professionals from all ranks representing all regions of Florida. The association’s mission is to promote and support excellence in fire & emergency services. The association does so by recognizing the fields best and brightest, offering scholarships, fundraising for charity, and providing professional development. With Chief Ballard in this new leadership position, he will undoubtedly continue to expand those efforts.

Congratulations to Chief Ballard and sincere thanks for increasing the City of Lakeland’s presence throughout the state.


On August 15, 2013, Lakeland Police finalized disciplinary action on Detective Ricky J. Gries. 

Detective Gries submitted a letter of resignation today. The resignation was in lieu of recommended termination. Chief Womack completed her review of all the relevant facts and evidence presented in the administrative investigation, including statements Detective Gries made under oath in conjunction with the State Attorney’s related investigation. The sustained violations are: 

Ricky J. Gries, 42, employed since 1/13/03. (Resigned) 

a. Conduct Unbecoming 
b. Member’s Duty to Report Misconduct 
c. Neglect of Duty 
d. Untruthfulness 

We are unable to provide any further information due to the ongoing internal investigation.