-- Lowndes County, Ga. -- February 26, 2013 --
Lowndes County was hit by as much as seven inches of rain over the last four days.
It's led to two road closures in the county. Shiloh Road near the bridge over Franks Creek has been closed as well as the west end of Porter Road. All Lowndes County schools were closed today as a result of the rain. County officials are telling drivers to be careful.
Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes said "we certainly don't want anyone to cross a flooded road, street or bridge under any circumstances. Many times that water can be hiding damaged infrastructure underneath that could result in your vehicle plunging down many feet."
Schools in Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Cook and Lanier counties also canceled classes today.
b> Lowndes County Emergency Management Release: Frank’s Creek Bridge Closed on Shiloh Road – Porter Road Closed
Lowndes County, Georgia – Due to rising water levels, the Lowndes County Engineering Department has closed Frank’s Creek Bridge on Shiloh Road:
The Lowndes County Engineering Department announces an emergency road closure on Shiloh Road, CR 775, at the bridge over Franks Creek due to the flood waters of Franks Creek. Shiloh Road will be closed until the flood waters have receded and the bridge is able to be inspected for potential damage. A detour will be established westbound at North Valdosta Road to Old US 41 North to Union Road to Franks Creek Road and back to Shiloh Road. A detour will be established westbound at Franks Creek Road to Union Road to Old US 41 North to North Valdosta Road and back to Shiloh Road. All motorists are encouraged to be cautious when traveling this area.
Under no circumstances should motorists travel across flooded roads, streets or bridges. Standing water may hide significant damage to the infrastructure underneath; take precaution and avoid flooded areas. Local road conditions are being closely monitored. Citizens may monitor local river levels by accessing real time stream gauge information by visiting the following link: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tae. In addition, the west end of Porter Road is closed at the creek; a one hundred foot section of this road is under water. Any additional closures will be announced immediately; please stay tuned to local media outlets. Lowndes County Emergency Management will utilize the CodeRed Emergency Notification system in the event emergency information is 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, road closures, etc. This information will be available through local media outlets and Lowndes County’s website, www.lowndescounty.com.
For more information, please contact Lowndes County Public Information Officer, Paige Dukes, 229-292-6142 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.