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Apply for loans to help with recent storm damage

Apply for loans to help with recent storm damage

Polk County, FL -- Polk County homeowners and businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest loans to repair damage sustained during the severe weather that impacted the area on March 31.

Polk is included in the disaster declarations resulting from the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.

Residents who own their own homes, businesses or small agricultural cooperatives located in the disaster area, and who are victims of the disaster may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Three types of disaster loans are available:

Perfect finale to Sun 'n Fun following disastrous weather week

Perfect finale to Sun 'n Fun following disastrous weather week

Lakeland, FL -- It was the perfect finale to an anything but perfect week.


On Sunday, the Navy's elite Blue Angels demonstration team tore through the sky over Polk County for the annual Sun 'n Fun Air show at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.


A disastrous week of wet weather finally gave way to clear skies and perfect temperatures for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy storms close roads

Heavy storms close roads

Winter Haven, FL -- According to the Winter Haven Police Department, the heavy storms that rolled through our area earlier this afternoon has resulted in numerous trees and power lines down resulting in the following road closures around Winter Haven.

The closed roads are as follows:

Polk officials: Start planning now for hurricane season

Polk officials: Start planning now for hurricane season

Bartow, FL --  If buying all your hurricane supplies at once is taxing you budget, Polk County officials have some advice.


Start gathering what you need - now.


With the struggling economy, some residents may believe that it's just "too expensive" to purchase the items they will need to be self-sufficient for five days if a hurricane were to strike Polk County.


Hurricane Season is just 12 weeks away, but now is the time to begin preparations.

Brush fire shuts down Hwy. 37 in Lakeland

Brush fire shuts down Hwy. 37 in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida - Lakeland Fire Rescue, the State Division of Forestry and Polk County Fire Rescue are on the scene of a brush fire off South Frontage Road and Old Highway 37.

Lakeland Fire spokeswoman Hope Warren says nine homes have been evacuated because flames were getting close to the structures.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames away from the homes in the Villa III neighborhood.

$115 million in Florida crops lost because of freeze

 $115 million in Florida crops lost because of freeze

DOVER, Fla. (AP) -- Florida farmers have lost at least $115 million in this winter's cold blast. And it's not over yet.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, reports show the losses through Dec. 20 affected fruits, vegetables, citrus, foliage and aquaculture. Almost 9,000 acres of farmland was deemed a total loss.

Florida Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Sarah Criser said $115 million is a conservative figure that will likely rise.

The report says peppers, squash, endive, eggplant, cucumbers, sweet corn, cabbage and string beans suffered the worst damage.

Strawberries seem to have escaped major harm, but the freeze probably will delay the harvest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They'll give you shelter from the cold

They'll give you shelter from the cold

Bartow, FL -- With hard freeze temperatures expected tonight, cold shelters are offering sanctuary for anyone needing a place to stay.

The shelters, activated Sunday night because of the front, closed at 10 p.m. because no one showed up, according to newschief.com.

The following locations, operated by the American Red Cross, are open at 7 p.m. tonight. After 10 p.m. no one will be allowed to get into the shelter.