Lowndes issues Code Red Alert as Tropical Storm Colin approaches

| June 6, 2016

Tropical Storm Colin

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County Emergency Management has issued the following Code Red Emergency alert concerning the local impact of Tropical Storm Colin:

This is a Code Red Emergency Alert from Lowndes County Emergency Management. Emergency Management is currently monitoring the impact Tropical Storm Colin may have on the area and has received frequent updates from the National Weather Service in Tallahassee over the past few days. The current forecast indicates approximately 2-4 additional inches of rain on top of what has fallen so far today. This being the case, storm water infrastructure may be temporarily overwhelmed, causing localized flooding on roads, streets and bridges. As little as six inches of water can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle. Water over the road may conceal hazards such as infrastructure damage. Motorists are encouraged to shelter in place during periods of heavy rain. Locations of water over a roadway or bridge, should be reported by calling 911.
Forecasts also indicate sustained winds with gusts of up to 35-40 mph, that could start as early as 7:00 p.m., this evening and last several hours. Wind of this magnitude has historically resulted in downed trees and power lines. In the event power is lost, citizens should report the outage to their utility provider.

Downed trees on public roads, streets, bridges and right of way, should be reported by calling 911. Please do not call 911 for non-emergency reports/information or for inquiries related to local conditions and weather forecasts. Citizens should also take time before significant winds move into the area to secure any outdoor items such as toys, patio furniture, trampolines, awnings and umbrellas that might be relocated by wind gusts.
According to the National Weather Service there is also a slight, isolated threat of tornadic activity being spawned from this storm with little or no warning. It is important that citizens continue to monitor conditions, remain aware of their surroundings, and have a working NOAA Weather Radio.
Lowndes County Animal Services would like to remind pet owners that local ordinances require pets to be safely maintained during periods of severe weather. Pets that cannot be brought indoors must be maintained in a safe environment that provides protection from the rain and winds.
Lowndes County Emergency Management will utilize the CodeRed Emergency Notification system in the event emergency instructions are released. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for this free service by visiting www.lowndescounty.com and clicking on the CodeRed icon.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 911. However, please do not call 911 for weather information, traffic updates, school/road closures, etc. This information will be available through local media outlets, social media, and Lowndes County’s website, www.lowndescounty.com.

  • Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media.
  • Make sure NOAA Weather Radios have fresh batteries and are in good working order.
  • Join the county’s free emergency notification system, CodeRed, by visiting www.lowndescounty.com and clicking on the storm cloud button.
  • Follow the county on Twitter, @Lowndes411.
  • Like & share Emergency Management’s Facebook page, EMA Lowndes – Colin.

 

For the duration of the storm, Lowndes County Emergency Management will operate under the community’s Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP). This plan is an all hazards approach to responding to local emergencies that allows all public safety, utility, health, public works, communication, education, etc., resources to work together to efficiently plan response to and recovery from any event.

Lowndes County Emergency Management Director, Ashley Tye, will activate the Lowndes County Emergency Operations Center this evening at 7:00 p.m. Responding representatives from Lowndes County, Valdosta, Lake Park, Hahira, Remerton and Dasher will remain at the center to monitor conditions throughout the night.

 

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