By: Eames Yates
June 6, 2013
Lowndes County, GA - Since early Thursday morning the rain has been blanketing Lowndes County. With the water pouring down officials have some important tips to stay safe.
A 'code red' service in Lowndes County is a free service that provides phone calls and text messages to residents warning of situations like Tropical Storm Andrea.
Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Clerk: "Could cause some localized flooding for our roads, streets and bridges here. So we certainly want to encourage citizens never to drive through flooded infrastructure and if you see water over the road please call 911 to report it."
The City of Valdosta began preparing for Tropical Storm Andrea two days ago when they opened the drainage pipes for local ponds.
Valdosta Storm Water Technician, Willie Jones: "What I did down there at the Mill Pond was to reduce the amount of water that's in the pond when the rain starts or when the more intense rains--it allows us to control the effect of all that runoff coming to the Mill Pond."
But it's not just the potential for flooding that officials say you need to be on the look out for.
Paige Dukes: "We have had sink holes open up here in Lowndes County whenever we've had great periods that have been dry like we've had these past couple of months and then we've recieved a significant amount of rain that can cause those sink holes to open up so we certainly want citizens to be aware of that."
County officials say you should immediately call 911 if you see a sink hole. Do not try and investigate it yourself.