BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County has issued a mandatory evacuation for people who live in mobile homes and low-lying areas.
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 the following communities:
- 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.
Emergency shelters are at the following locations:
- Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
- Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Road, Lakeland
- Spook Hill Elementary, 321 Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave. E, Lake Wales
- Mulberry Middle School, 500 Martin Luther King Ave., Mulberry
- Lake Marion Creek Elementary, 3055 Lk. Marion Creek Road, Poinciana
- Horizons Elementary, 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport
- Chain of Lakes Elementary, 7001 CR 653, Winter Haven
- Davenport School of the Arts, 4751 N CR 547, Davenport
- Donald Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City
- Kathleen High School, at 1100 Red Devil Way and Highway 92 in Lakeland
- Auburndale High Schoo;, 1 Bloodhound Trail in Auburndale
- Bartow High School, 1270 S. Broadway in Bartow
- Haines City High School, 2800 Hornet Drive in Haines City
- George Jenkins High School, 6000 Lakeland Highlands in Lakeland
- Sleepy Hill Elementary, 2285 Sleepy Hill Drive in Lakeland
- Phillip O’Brien Elementary, 1255 E. Lime Street in Lakeland
- R. Bruce Wagner Elementary, 5500 Yates Road in Lakeland
Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake and Phillip O’Brien Elementary in Lakeland are pet-friendly facilities.
“Special Needs” Shelters are open for those residents with special medical needs. Polk County Emergency Management Special Needs Program is designed to provide shelter and/or transportation for residents with medical or physical conditions and/or dependent on medical electrical equipment who require assistance during an emergency.