With 400 workers on duty, including 100 who arrived today, Lakeland Electric says it’s on track to meet its goal of restoring power to 95 percent of the 78,000 customers who were knocked out by Hurricane Irma.


  • Lakeland Electric is in a stage where its workers are entering backyard easements and is asking residents to make sure they can access easements and that dogs are kept inside.
  • Power is being restored this afternoon to Polk City, where 3,100 customers were left witout power when Lakeland Electric’s single transmission line went down during the hurricane.
  • Most Lakeland parks have reopened, except Common Grounds Playground, which suffered structural damage, Peterson Park, Lake Parker Park and Fletcher Park. The Parks Department also reports: Libraries have re-opened; Eighteen golf holes are available at Cleveland Heights; and burials have resumed at Oakhill Cemetery.

Lake Hollingsworth Trail has been cleared of tree barriers. pic.twitter.com/l4el0ZthPV

— Gary White (@garywhite13) September 17, 2017

  • The FEMA food-and-water delivery point at Lakeland Victory Church closed yesterday and the rest that are still open in Polk County will shut when supplied are exhausted today.
  • FEMA has scheduled a town hall meeting for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Polk State College’s Clear Spring Advanced Technology Center at 310 Technology Drive in Bartow. Residents will be able to ask about recovery efforts. In addition, local Congressmen Dennis Ross, Tom Rooney and Darren Soto will answer questions.
  • Somebody left an editorial comment via a sign by the Lovers’ Oak at the corner of Success Avenue and Lake Morton Drive. The city of Lakeland is planning to remove it as a safety hazard after a branch nearly hit a passing car.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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