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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

TIFT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Slabs of pavement from buckled roads lie in many of the ditches and waterways throughout Tift County.

"Last night and this morning we have had teams assessing road damage. We've been looking at some of the spillways, ponds and some of the dams to see how much damage has occurred," said Tift EMS Director, Craig Grace. 

But Emergency management fears this damage could only be the beginning. "They are calling for a moderate risk in our area. And this is our biggest concern because of all the rain we have received in the last couple of days, said Grace.

"If we have a lot of winds, we have the potential for down trees and power lines." It would normally take winds of 60 miles per hour or higher to blow down trees, but those trees can now be blown down at just 30 miles per hour.

And with so many roads damaged it will take them longer to restore power or clear blocked roadways. "We are trying to minimize the damage that we already sustained and make all the necessary precautions to alleviate any damage that we can," said Grace.

Saturation is also the reason they are asking drivers to turn around anytime they see the water over roads.

"You add in the water, the softness of the ground underneath, and the weight of the vehicle than it has the potential for the road to give way. And a vehicle could get swept away even with a small amount of water," said Grace.

But they remind everyone  the best protection against storm damage will always be being proactive and staying aware of severe weather before it arrives. So far 40th street is the only road closed in the city of Tifton.

There are seven road closures out in the county.

- Fordham Road from 115 Fordham Road to Owen Medford Road

- Tifton-Eldorado Road from U.S. Highway 125 South to Lower Brookfield Road

- Tifton-Eldorado Road from U.S. Highway 41 South to Willie Moore Road

- Atwater Road

- Abby Lane from West Golden Road to Regent Drive

- Bussell Road from Riverview Way to Union Road

- 1639 WB Parks Road to 1781 WB Parks Road

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