Month: August 2015

Polk County Provides Sandbag Fill Sites

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BARTOW, Fla. (August 28, 2015) – As a proactive measure while the rains continue, sandbags will be provided to Polk County residents at 14 Polk County Fire Rescue stations.  A maximum of 25-30 sandbags will be provided to each household to help prevent water intrusion into the home. Beginning at 2 p.m. today, the following locations will provide sand and sandbags so bring your shovel and get prepared.

  • Babson Park Fire Station – 714 South Alt. 27 in Babson Park
  • Caloosa Lake Fire Station – 14684 N US Highway 27 in Lake Wales
  • Cottonwood Fire Station – 126 Cottonwood Dr. in Davenport
  • Crystal Lake Support Station – 2450 E Main St. in Lakeland
  • Golfview Fire Station – 2902 Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales
  • Indian Lakes Est. Fire Station – 221 Hogan Lane in Indian Lake Estates
  • Jan Phyl Fire Station – 333 American Spirit Blvd in Winter Haven
  • Mulberry Fire Station – 900 5th Street NE, Mulberry
  • Nalcrest Fire Station – 69101 Nalcrest Rd. in Nalcrest,
  • Polk City Fire Station – 200 Commonwealth Ave. SW in Polk City
  • Providence Fire Station- 8936 Hwy 98 N in north Lakeland
  • Sleepy Hill Fire Station – 3030 Sleepy Hill Road in Lakeland
  • Solivita Fire Station – 1201 Cypress Parkway in Poinciana
  • Willow Oak Fire Station – 4210 Willis Rd. in Mulberry

Residents living in flood prone areas are encouraged to sandbag their homes. To protect against water damage, follow these simple sandbagging techniques.

At the area where water can enter a structure:

(1)  If not working on concrete, a small ditch should be dug just deep enough to go below ground level. The ditch should be back far enough from the entrance to allow room to place optional submersible (sump) pumps into the protected area. The edge of the visqueen should be placed in the ditch as a bottom layer.

(2)    Place the first row of sandbags in ditch, fold visqueen over the top of first row, place a second row of bags on top, fold visqueen back over, place a third row of bags on top, and so on. This creates an “S” pattern with the visqueen.

(3)    Depending on the size of the barrier, one or more submersible (sump) pumps should be utilized. The barrier will not completely stop water from entering the protected area. However, with the proper placement of bags, visqueen and sump pumps, water, in most cases, can be removed quickly.

To report flooding of homes or for the most updated information, please continue to monitor your local news media or call the Citizen’s Information Line at 863-401-2234 (locally) or toll-free 866-661-0228. Information is also available on PGTV (Bright House 644, Comcast 5 or Verizon 20), or check the county website for updates www.polk-county.net. You may also obtain further emergency information at http://www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and http://www.twitter.com/polkemergency.

*** All information is courtesy of Polk County Board of County Commissioners ***

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Use Caution with Flooded Roads

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Fort Meade Florida – Please use caution during this time when driving on the roads. Several reports of flooded and washed out roads make for dangerous driving conditions.

If not absolutely necessary try not to drive down roads that are flooded or washed out. Take necessary precautions when approaching deep or rising waters.

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GOVERNOR SCOTT DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FLORIDA IN PREPARATION FOR TROPICAL STORM ERIKA

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 declaring a state of emergency in every county within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.

You can view a copy of this full order at

http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/EO-15-173.pdf

Make sure to stay tuned to Fort Meade Daily News for all breaking stories as Tropical Storm Erika approaches and impacts Florida and the Fort Meade area.

PCSO Investigating Traffic Fatality of Fort Meade Resident

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Lake Alfred Florida – The PCSO Traffic Unit is investigating a crash involving a semi tractor-trailer and an SUV that occurred in Lake Alfred on August 26th, 2015. Preliminary details are as follows:
Around 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, a 2005 brown Ford Excursion being driven by 52-year-old Tammy Bell of Fort Meade was heading southbound on CR 557-A where it merges with CR 557 in Lake Alfred when Bell attempted to make a U-turn to head northbound onto CR 557. As she did so, she entered into the path of a southbound red 2002 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, owned by Lions Transport and being driven by 60-year-old Segundo Cintron of Winter Haven.
Cintron hit the brakes and attempted to stop but was unable to avoid hitting the SUV. The semi struck the SUV at a 90-degree angle on the driver’s side. The vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of CR 557.
The driver of the SUV, Tammy Bell, was airlifted to LRHC in critical condition. Ms. Bell has since succumb to her injuries on August 27th, 2015. Her passenger, 22-year-old Kaylee Bell of Fort Meade, was transported by ambulance to LRHC with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi, Cintron, was not injured. All vehicle occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
The investigation is ongoing. CR 557 was closed for approximately 3 hours.
 
** All information within this article was courtesy of PCSO **

Tropical Storm Erika Moves Closer to Florida

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Courtesy of Bay News 9 weather Josh Linker, Bay News 9 Meteorologist

Several islands remain under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Erika maintains its strength and gets closer to the Caribbean.

At 11 a.m., the season’s fifth named storm was located about 285 miles east-southeast of Antigua. It was moving west at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

Any potential impact on Florida would happen early next week. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee has been partially activated.

The storm hasn’t changed much since Tuesday night. It is still encountering wind shear from the west. That wind shear will remain for the next two to three days.

As a result, short-term strengthening is not expected. After that, there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty. The computer models range from Erika completely dissipating on Day 3 and sending a blob of moisture across south and central Florida to becoming a hurricane east of the Bahamas moving northward.

The track forecast shown is basically an average of the more reliable computer models. The cone is NOT a forecast, but simply a graphical representation of historical error. So over the last 10 years, the average error at five days is 240 miles.

That means the cone will be a circle surrounding each point with a radius of 240 miles. With all of that said, unfortunately, we won’t really have a good idea of Erika’s future until we get beyond Friday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis,

Hurricane hunters have found that tropical force winds extend outward up to 105 miles to the east of the storm’s center.
Erika will move west to west-northwestward. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Leeward Islands tonight, and then the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Thursday.

Location at 11 a.m. Wednesday: 16.1 N, 57.6 W

  • How far is it?
    • 385 miles east-southeast of Antigua
    • 1,800 miles southeast of Tampa
  • Winds: 45 mph
  • Movement: W at 17 mph
  • Pressure: 1,005 mb / 29.68 inches

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Fort Meade Florida – As for the Fort Meade area, local officials are warning residents to not take any storm no matter what the category lightly. The Fire Department is urging all residents to make sure that they have the essentials that are needed in a hurricane such as flashlights, water, food, and important papers. If you are a special needs resident in the Fort Meade area, it is recommended that you make arrangements prior to the storm hitting the area. If you need assistance, forms can be found at city hall for special needs residents. Please make sure these are filled out and turned in as soon as possible so that officials can make sure that you are on the list of those in need.

Residents that are in need of sandbags should stay tuned as an announcement concerning the location of those will be released as soon as they become available.

Residents are also urged to take shelter when warnings go up and not wait until the last minute. Once winds reach a certain point, rescue personnel are unable to attend to residents until after the storm has passed.

Stay tuned to Fort Meade Daily News for breaking news and updates relevant to our area as the storm approaches.

Polk County Provides Sandbag Fill Sites

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BARTOW, Fla. (August 3, 2015) – As a proactive measure while the rains continue, sandbags will be provided to Polk County residents at 14 Polk County Fire Rescue stations.  A maximum of 25-30 sandbags will be provided to each household to help prevent water intrusion into the home. Beginning at 2 p.m. today, the following locations will provide sand and sandbags so bring your shovel and get prepared.

  • Babson Park Fire Station – 714 South Alt. 27 in Babson Park
  • Caloosa Lake Fire Station – 14684 N US Highway 27 in Lake Wales
  • Cottonwood Fire Station – 126 Cottonwood Dr. in Davenport
  • Crystal Lake Support Station – 2450 E Main St. in Lakeland
  • Golfview Fire Station – 2902 Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales
  • Indian Lakes Est. Fire Station – 221 Hogan Lane in Indian Lake Estates
  • Jan Phyl Fire Station – 333 American Spirit Blvd in Winter Haven
  • Mulberry Fire Station – 900 5th Street NE in Mulberry
  • Nalcrest Fire Station – 69101 Nalcrest Rd. in Nalcrest
  • Polk City Fire Station – 200 Commonwealth Ave. SW in Polk City
  • Providence Fire Station- 8936 Hwy 98 N in north Lakeland
  • Sleepy Hill Fire Station – 3030 Sleepy Hill Road in Lakeland
  • Solivita Fire Station – 1201 Cypress Parkway in Poinciana
  • Willow Oak Fire Station – 4210 Willis Rd. in Mulberry

Residents living in flood prone areas are encouraged to sandbag their homes. To protect against water damage, follow these simple sandbagging techniques.

At the area where water can enter a structure:

(1)  If not working on concrete, a small ditch should be dug just deep enough to go below ground level. The ditch should be back far enough from the entrance to allow room to place optional submersible (sump) pumps into the protected area. The edge of the visqueen should be placed in the ditch as a bottom layer.

(2)    Place the first row of sandbags in ditch, fold visqueen over the top of first row, place a second row of bags on top, fold visqueen back over, place a third row of bags on top, and so on. This creates an “S” pattern with the visqueen.

(3)    Depending on the size of the barrier, one or more submersible (sump) pumps should be utilized. The barrier will not completely stop water from entering the protected area. However, with the proper placement of bags, visqueen and sump pumps, water, in most cases, can be removed quickly.

To report flooding of homes or for the most updated information, please continue to monitor your local news media or call the Citizen’s Information Line at 863-401-2234 (locally) or toll-free 866-661-0228. Information is also available on PGTV (Bright House 644, Comcast 5 or Verizon 20), or check the county website for updates www.polk-county.net. You may also obtain further emergency information at http://www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and http://www.twitter.com/polkemergency

*** All information within this article is courtesy of PCSO ***