National Hurricane Center 5pm update:
National Hurricane Center 5pm update:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning about the use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their potential interference with emergency response operations. If an operator attempts to use a drone or other form of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS), they may interfere with governmental emergency operations in the area.
We anticipate activating the Lakeland Electric Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by noon pending the return ofwinds to a safe level by noon.
We will implement initial field damage assessments as soon as it is safe to do so (1100 – 1200 hr.)
We will implement the “all hands on deck” and begin restoration around noon and plan to work field crews until 2100 hr., and at this time, we will send field personnel home and expect them to return at 0500 Tuesday morning.
Lakeland, FL (September 8, 2017) | After reviewing today’s 11am update on the current path of Hurricane Irma, the possible land fall projections and impacts to Polk County and subsequent discussions with our Department Head team regarding the closure of their non-essential operations and facilities, I have concluded that we will close all non-essential operations and facilities on a Monday, September 11th. This closing of all Lakeland City offices and services that are not involved in critical and/or emergency service operations based on my belief that if the storm remains on the current path the closure would be in the best interest of the safety of employees of the City and those who may want to do business with City service teams. Additionally, based on the current path and timing of the impacts to Polk County and Lakeland, school closures and the possibility of other governmental and quasi-governmental agency closings, it will be imperative that mission critical services concentrate on restoration efforts and the employees who are non-essential be given the opportunity to do the same on a personal level.
Lakeland, FL (September 8, 2017) – The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is prepared for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. The department has activated its Emergency Response Hurricane Plan. Its leadership team has been meeting over the past three days, and will continue to do so through the storm, to ensure that the department is ready and able to respond to the needs of Lakeland’s citizens.
City of Lakeland water customers please take note that it is highly unlikely that the City of Lakeland’s water plants will go down during hurricane situations. City of Lakeland has two water plants. The main water plant has two power feeds, a primary and redundant failsafe, if one power feed fails there is a secondary line to power operations. Each water plant also has a permanent emergency power generator that has been fueled and tested in case there is a total loss of utility power. All pumping stations have generators as well. Both water plants will be staffed for operations during the storm event. All precautionary measures have been put in place, including the addition of having plant electricians onsite during the storm with the all the necessary tools on site for quick repair if needed. If you are a City of Lakeland water customer, there is no need to panic in trying to find water. You may lose water due to the local impacts of Hurricane Irma but there will not be any large-scale water outages. There may be small areas that will be without water, only if a large tree topples and causes a water main break. If that is the case, only a small area will the impacted and repairs will be made ASAP.
[9/9/2017 | 7:55 AM] The City of Lakeland is running limited claw truck service and roll-off commercial service today (Saturday, September 9th).
All Solid Waste operations will stop today at noon today and resume on Tuesday at 6 AM.
LAKELAND, FL (September 7, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Solid Waste (garbage collection) Division is currently collecting refuse per the normal schedule. Refuse trucks and crews are working diligently to collect the normal refuse. However, with the impeding threat of Hurricane Irma, residents are asked to adhere to the following:
Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2017) – As TECO Peoples Gas officials continue to track Hurricane Irma, the company is prepared for any natural gas emergencies created by the hurricane or its aftermath. When the hurricane affects Florida, Peoples Gas advises customers to leave their natural gas service on, even in the event of an evacuation. Customers should not attempt to turn gas off at their meters.
"The best and safest action for our customers is to follow emergency guidelines issued by the State Emergency Response Team," said T.J. Szelistowski, president of TECO Peoples Gas. "Our crews are standing by to handle any gas-related emergencies created by Hurricane Irma."
For safety reasons, Peoples Gas may need to turn off some customers’ service at the meter. If customers find their gas service has been shut off, they will need to call the Peoples Gas Customer Care Center at 877-TECO-PGS (877.832.6747) to have service restored.
If at any time residents smell a rotten egg or sulfur-like odor, there could be a natural gas leak. Residents should leave the premises immediately and then call the Peoples Gas 24-hour Emergency Gas Leak number: 877.832.6747, say “emergency” or select option 8. Please note that Peoples Gas employees can only respond when sustained wind speeds are below 40 mph.
Customers who suspect their natural gas appliances have been flooded or damaged due to the storm should have the equipment inspected and serviced by a qualified plumber or appliance-service contractor.
Peoples Gas System, Florida’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serves about 370,000 customers across Florida. Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
T. Mims Corp. will be giving 1,000 cases of water to families in need on Friday, September 8th at 8:30 AM at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida. "We feel it's important to give back to our community in times like these. A lot of families are struggling to get bottled water and people are charging enormous prices on line for a case of water while the stores are ...