September 5, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856
Sheriff Issues Curfew Due to Hurricane Frances
Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.,
declares a State of Emergency exists in Polk County under the provisions
of Florida Statute 870.043, because of clear and present danger of
general public disorder in the Polk County disaster areas due to
The Sheriff is declaring a dusk to dawn curfew in the following areas of
Polk County: all areas where power outages exist and in all areas where
extensive storm damage and flooding exists. Violation of the curfew is a
M1 (first degree misdemeanor). The curfew will remain in place until
further notice. The curfew is in effect to deter crimes of opportunity,
such as looting, and to provide safety for citizens in damaged areas.
Due to significant power outages and severe flooding, residents are
asked to stay indoors even during daylight hours. Do not try to
negotiate floodwaters, as they can be fast-moving and deeper than they
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