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'Cane Enabled

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

Like the entire region, Lowndes County is no stranger to the effects of natural disasters. That's why emergency managers want to use historical data to identify the biggest threats.

Nick Lacey, Director of Lowndes County Emergency Management, says, "We want to analyze all our natural disasters: hurricanes, tornados, lightning, flooding, sinkholes."

There are some powerful numbers in this area's history. Since the mid-1850s there have been nine Category 2 hurricanes, and two of the strong Category 3 hurricanes, which feature winds between 111 and 130 miles per hour. There have also been four tornados registered with winds between 113 and 157 miles per hour.

Taking all that old data combined with the lessons learned from the storm season of 2004, which causes problems on rivers, local officials say they just want to help prevent any further problems, especially in areas like this one.

Lacey adds, "The reoccurring damage that we sustained during the hurricane season, that's part of what we want to correct, but on a bigger scale, use bigger culverts so the roads won't get washed out and we can better remove the water and get it out of the county."


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