Rains spawned by Tropical Storm Emily have brought flooding to some parts of Lakeland as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties, including Polk.

Polk Emergency Management said a home on Old Highway 37 has four inches of rain and several roads have been closed:

  • Duff Road, between Green Road and Highway 98 N
  • Glean Oak Drive and Shady Oak Drive E
  • Wabash at 10th Street
  • Reynolds Road and Kirk Street

Wow… Check out this flooding on Kelly Ave in western #Lkld. @FOX13News #Polk pic.twitter.com/ujhHMYD8H8

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) July 31, 2017

This home at 5453 Old Hwy 37 in #Lkld has 4 inches of water in it. Family of 7 that lives there says this isn’t the 1st time. @FOX13News pic.twitter.com/e7S5z5Lg9f

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) July 31, 2017

Also, about 10,000 gallons of domestic wastewater was spilled into a drainage ditch feeding Poley Creek near Shepherd Road this morning in an incident that county officials say was storm-related.

The spill was caused by heavy rain and a power outage at Lift Station No. 100 at 3595 Shepherd Road, county spokeswoman Mianne Nelson said. Normal operations were restored at 12:05 p.m., she said.

The county is posting signs around the creek and will sample water during the next day or two, she said.

A rain gauge in the Camphor neighborhood just south of Dixieland recorded 2.59 inches today, almost all of it before 2 p.m.

10,000 gallons of wastewater in the Poley Creek in #Lkld. All related to #TropicalStormEmily. #Polk @FOX13News pic.twitter.com/64MHnV5fql

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) July 31, 2017

Even #Polk County has some flooding, this is Cannon Street in #Lakeland @WFLA pic.twitter.com/i0eMmq7RQB

— Melissa Marino (@WFLAMelissaM) July 31, 2017

Only flooding #LFD has responded to near Cresap Ave/Jensen St. Water is receding & only 1 home effected by intrusion. Assist. was declined. pic.twitter.com/tXuYuYLds4

— Lakeland Fire (@LakelandFD) July 31, 2017

The tropical storm came ashore at Anna Maria Island around 10:45 a.m. with winds of 45 mph. Emily weakened as it crossed Central Florida and was declared a tropical depression shortly before 5 p.m.

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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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