It is highly likely that many families still experiencing a power outage will need a place to cool off on Thursday, June 29th. The heat index is expected to exceed 110 during the day so a chance to get out of the heat is being provided. Approximately 1,000 homes in areas such as Seed Tick Road, north of Highway 70, North Lakeland, and Lakeland Estates, are still without power despite the best efforts of MLGW. Thankfully, Commissioner Michelle Dial, Lakeland City Manager Michael Walker, and St. Paul Methodist Church recognized the urgent need and stepped up to address the situation.
St. Paul, situated at 2949 Davies Plantation Rd in Lakeland, will provide a cooling station in their gymnasium (accessible through the north entrance of the building) starting from Thursday, June 29th until Saturday, July 1st. The cooling station will operate from 10 am to 7 pm and will offer individuals an opportunity to cool off, charge their phones/devices, and seek shelter in a place with electricity. The City of Lakeland is encouraging everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to escape the intense heat and stay safe.