Tracking Matthew: Polk County

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Weather Resources/Maps To Track Matthew:


Road Conditions:

  • Polk Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers to be careful in flooded roadways. Turn around, don’t drown.


  • A Special Needs Shelter is open at the Department of Health in Bartow.
  • Polk County is using multiple schools as shelters. The following shelters are open:
    • Alta Vista Elementary, 801 Scenic Highway in Haines City
    • Ridge Community High, 500 Orchid Drive in Davenport
    • Spook Hill Elementary, 321 Dr. J. A. Wiltshire Ave E. in Lake Wales
    • Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Rd in Lakeland
    • Chain of Lakes Elementary, 7001 CR-653 in Winter Haven

Trash Pickup:

  • LAKELAND: Solid Waste Collection will be postponed on Friday.  Those residential and commercial customers regularly scheduled on Friday will have their garbage picked up Saturday.  The Polk County landfill closes operation when sustained winds increase over 30 mph.
  • Polk County’s North Central Landfill will not reopen until Saturday. The North Central Landfill will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday and operate under a modified schedule, closing at 3 p.m. Residents in unincorporated Polk County who have normal Friday garbage collection will have their garbage picked up Saturday, conditions permitting.

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