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Stern warnings for storm victims

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THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Thomas County's Public Safety department has a stern warning for residents. As the clean-up continues, they are demanding that people stay away from effected areas especially this weekend.

Heavy equipment will be brought in during the next two days to collect all of the fallen trees and debris from roads and homes. And they say extra people or cars on those roads will only cause unnecessary congestion and slow down those recovery efforts.

The Public Health department also says that food and water may not be safe to consume in Thomas County because of storm damage.

Fallen limbs, debris and uprooted trees have damaged private wells, septic tanks and private water systems, which can lead to contamination.

A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours if residents avoid opening the freezer door while power is out. You should also use a thermometer before eating any perishable food and throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees fahrenheit.

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