May Rainfall Causes Mixed Results

It was a wetter-than-normal May in Polk County.

Rainfall ranged from a record 19.19 inches in Lakeland to 7.58 inches in Winter Haven, the 7th wettest month on record.

The rain has increased flow in the Upper Peace River to well above average for this time of year, ending the usual spring dry spell that usually temporarily curtails some local paddling.

The rain also overwhelmed some local utility systems.

Earlier this week Lakeland officials reported a 100,000-gallon spill from an manhole near Lake Hunter south of downtown Lakeland.

Hurricane season began today signaling the beginning of the normal rainy season in peninsular Florida.