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Polk County is currently in recovery mode for Hurricane Irma. Residents can continue to check this page for the latest storm-related updates and information regarding recovery efforts.

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  • Debris removal underway in Polk County

    Polk County’s clean-up effort is underway, as trucks continue to be certified to meet FEMA guidelines. Once certified, they are moving into the county to collect debris from Hurricane Irma. Collection began in Fort Meade on Friday, and could begin in Frostproof tomorrow.

    “Our storm debris hauler, Crowder-Gulf, has trucks coming from outside Florida to help with debris removal,” said Roads and...

  • PODs changing weekend operating hours

    Bartow, Fla. (September 15, 2017) — Due to staffing challenges, the Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout the county will operate on varied schedules Saturday and Sunday.

    Residents in need of water and food are able to get two cases of water and one case of Meal, Ready-to-Eat, commonly known as MRE, per visit. The MRE is a water-activated self-contained complete meal.

    POD locations open 8...

  • POD In Lake Wales Opens Today

    A Point of Distribution (POD) will open in Lake Wales from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at 1750 Longleaf Blvd. in Lake Wales. Starting tomorrow, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Residents in need of water and food are able to get two cases of water and one case of Meal, Ready-to-Eat, commonly known as MRE, per visit. The MRE is a water-activated self-contained complete meal.

    Other POD locations...

  • Polk County Lifts Order for Curfew

    Polk County has lifted the county’s curfew, which was issued earlier this week during a declared state of emergency following Hurricane Irma. County Manager Jim Freeman signed the order today and it goes into effect immediately.

    The county’s curfew was established to deter crimes of opportunity, such as looting, and to provide safety for Polk residents in damaged areas. As a result of the...

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