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Lowndes County assesses storm damage

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Lowndes County is still completing damage assessments to determine how much was lost in last week's severe flooding.

"We were able to identify a total of 149 homes that we currently know of that were affected, to some degree, by the floods," says EMA Director Ashley Tye. 

It wasn't only homes that were damaged.  The bridge across Skipper Bridge Road is one of two bridges closed indefinitely in Lowndes County. Skipper Bridge and the Morven Road Bridge at the Brooks County Line received so much structural damage that they no longer pass safety inspections.

The county's damage to public infrastructures such as roads and bridges is nearly thirteen million dollars.

Valdosta's Second Harvest Food Bank has been busy providing clean-up supplies.  So far, the food bank has delivered three truck loads of bleach to local neighborhoods to help stop the spread of contaminants.

"This was really the first time we've dealt with a very serious disaster in our community," says Frank Richards, the food bank's President and CEO. 

It's been more than sixty years since a flood this bad has hit Lowndes County. "Everybody references the flood of 1948, which is the only other flood on record that had higher levels," says Tye.  "The clean-up and recovery process is going to be a lengthy process."

It's going to be lengthy, but the county says clean-up is not their only priority. The county is already planning ways to help rain water move as effectively as possible for future storms.


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