Lowndes County Issues Statement Concerning Possible Weekend Flooding

| March 31, 2016

Flood-Sign

LOWNDES Co. –  Lowndes County Emergency Management would like to encourage citizens to remain aware of their surroundings over the next few days.

Current forecasts indicate the probability of periods of heavy rain throughout the region, which when combined with local river levels, could cause flooding in some areas of the community.

Residents should take precaution in the event the expected rainfall does occur and river levels begin to rise.   You may monitor local river gauges by accessing the following link:  http://www.lowndescounty.com/149/NWS-River-Gauges.

Please consider the following flood safety tips from www.ready.ga.gov.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for Lowndes County’s free emergency notification system, CodeRed.  A link to the CodeRed site, can be found on the county’s website, www.lowndescounty.com.

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