Local Emergency Crews Prep For Tropical Storm Debby

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Thomasville saw serious flooding earlier this month. Now with Tropical Storm Debby hitting the area, emergency crews are making sure they're prepared this time.

Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones said, "We have all of our key players here. They're on standby and if needed, they will go to work."

Those key players held a press conference on Sunday, along with the National Weather Service to devise a plan of action.

"One of the main things I've tried to emphasize to our team and group leaders is to just watch the radar, watch the track of the storm," Jones added.

Emergency officials also say if you see barricades or warning signs on the side of the road, do not ignore them. It could be a sign that danger lies ahead.

"The best way to avoid those mishaps and accidents is to just turn around and find an alternate route," said Jones.

They're also urging residents to plan ahead. Some of Jones's tips are to stay tuned to weather forecasts and to take all warnings seriously. It's also important to stock up on food and drinking water. If you have pets, make sure you have a plan in the event of an evacuation.

Residents should also keep their eyes open for fallen trees.

"There usually are power lines wrapped up in the trees and sometimes you don't know if those lines are still alive or not," said Tony Wooten, the Director of the Thomas County Public Works

On Monday June, 25 crews will be handing out sandbags to those residents who are worried about flooding. They'll be available for pick up at the Sunset Fire Station, off of County Farm Road.

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