Lowndes County warns against downed power lines amid hurricane season

By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 13, 2018

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Lowndes County officials are asking community members to take extra precautions around downed power lines as we continue in to hurricane season.

The county is working with local utility service workers to be prepared for storm season. Officials are asking the public that if you see a power line that is down, stay away, no matter what kind of line it is.

Officials said it's up to utility professionals to know where the danger is, so if you see one, call 911 so they can send someone to take care of it.

"Normally when that happens we have more than one location, so it may take them a little bit. In the meantime, public safety will come out, whether it's law enforcement or fire, and they'll guard those lines until the utility company gets there and they do what they need to do. So they're restored or they disconnect that power and deem that area safe," said Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes.

The county will be holding an information session for the public to learn about the outlook of the region's hurricane season. That event has not yet been planned.