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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Another CERT Update from Polk County Commissioners Re Manufactured Homes and Flood Prone Areas

Map attached that shows areas prone to flooding

Mandatory evacuation of manufactured homes and flood-prone areas

Bartow, Fla. (September 9, 2017) —  Polk County public shelters are now open. Residents requiring assistance for transportation to special needs shelters have begun moving into their shelters. Polk County’s Emergency Management division says now is the time to decide whether you should move to a shelter, or shelter in place.

Polk County residents who live in manufactured and mobile homes, or in areas of the county that historically are prone to flooding following heavy rains, should evacuate and take advantage of open shelters during Hurricane Irma. This mandatory evacuation includes people who live in manufactured and mobile homes, and areas of the county that are most vulnerable including:

·       Itchepackesassa Creek, bordered by Deeson Road, the County Line, Ariana Street and Chestnut Street;
·       Gator Creek, in extreme northwest Polk bordered by the County Line on the north and west, Marcum Road on the south and Highway 33 on the east;
·       Lake Lowery’s northwest side of the lake;
·       Saddlebag Lake, and
·       River Ranch.
You should only decide to shelter in place if you live in a secure structure that is not a mobile or manufactured home. When sheltering in place, you should:
·       Bring your pets indoors
·       Secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, garden decorations and anything else that could become a flying projectile
·       Be sure you and your family have a safe room in which to ride out the storm. This should be a room that is in the interior part of your home with no windows.
·       Get your survival kit out and ready. Be sure to pull out your weather radio so you can keep up with current weather conditions.
Public shelters now open are:

Auburndale High School
1 Bloodhound Trail
Bartow High School
1270 S. Broadway
Davenport School of the Arts
4751 N CR 547
Horizons Elementary
1700 Forest Lake Drive
Lake Region High School
1995 Thunder Road
Eagle Lake
Haines City High School
2800 Hornet Drive
Haines City
Spook Hill Elementary
321 Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave., E.
Lake Wales
George Jenkins High School
6000 Lakeland Highlands
Phillip O’Brien Elementary
1255 E. Lime Street
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary
5500 Yates Road
Sleepy Hill Elementary
2285 Sleepy Hill Drive
Tenoroc High School
4905 Saddle Creek Rd.
Mulberry Middle School
500 Martin Luther King Ave.
Lake Marion Creek Middle
3055 Lk. Marion Creek Rd.
Donald Bronson Community Center
124 Bronson Trail
Polk City
Chain of Lakes Elementary
7001 CR 653
Winter Haven

Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake and Phillip O’Brien Elementary in Lakeland are pet-friendly facilities.

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