Lakeland, FL (September 16, 2017) — Lakeland Electric estimates that 95% of those customers that were left without power after Hurricane Irma will be restored by Sunday.
LAKELAND (September 15, 2017) – Citrus Connection will resume regular fixed route Saturday service and full paratransit service Saturday, Sept. 16.
All buses will return to a complete weekday schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 18.
Since the significant damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, Citrus Connection staff have been diligently working to restore service to a level of reliable transportation riders have come to expect.
Operators will continue to transport evacuees from Emergency Shelters back to their homes throughout the weekend.
Lakeland, FL (September 15, 2017) Lakeland Electric reports that 9,700 customers are currently without power.
Lakeland Electric teams have identified the areas with the most significant damage which include:
Lakeland, FL (September 15, 2017) The RP Funding Center, home to the Lakeland Magic (NBA G League), will open its doors on Friday, September 15th from 9:00am-4:00pm to residents still recovering from Hurricane Irma. The Center will be equipped with charging stations (individuals should bring their own charging cords), water, and a kid’s play area. The Lakeland Magic will also be sponsoring lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm and activities will be available for families throughout the day.
Lakeland, FL (September 14, 2017) The Lakeland Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1202 Edgewater Drive at approximately 1:40 PM on Thursday, September 14, 2017. There was heavy smoke showing upon firefighters’ arrival. The fire began in the kitchen of the home but was quickly extinguished by firefighters and contained to the kitchen. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the home.
LAKELAND (Sept. 14, 2017) – Citrus Connection will operate fare-free Friday and will add five more routes to its limited fixed-route schedule moving closer to complete service restoration. The limited schedule Friday will include six routes in Lakeland, four in Winter Haven and two east Polk routes.
LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2017) – The Lakeland Emergency Operations Center has been fully manned since Sunday at 12 PM. At the height of the storm, Lakeland experienced sustained winds in excess of 85 mph. The impact due to Hurricane Irma is extensive with major tree canopy damage and almost 70% of Lakeland Electric customers were without power. There were isolated reports of flooding, especially in low-lying areas that are prone to drainage issues. The storm brought heavy winds and rain to the area that has already experienced higher than normal rain levels over the summer months.
Lakeland, FL (September 14, 2017) It is very hard to give our Lakeland Electric customers an idea when an exact address will get power. We have been working on getting the main distribution lines restored. We started on Monday morning with 62 feeder lines (major distribution lines) down and 78,000 customers without power.
Lakeland, FL (September 13, 2017) 💧 Do you have bottled water that you no longer need and want to donate to those that could truly benefit from it? The City of Lakeland will have a collection site at Kelly Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial Blvd, Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 8 am to 5 pm for drop off.