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Local Officials Taking Flood Precautions
Thursday, 02 April 2009

April 2--  Flood warnings are in effect in the area and local emergency responders are preparing "just in case" they are needed.

The heavy rains have washed out roads in lower Toombs County and school systems in both Toombs and Tattnall counties have cancelled school for Friday.

Montgomery County Commission Chairman Brandon Braddy has signed a local emergency declaration due to predicted flooding along rivers which border the county.

County emergency officials in both Toombs and Montgomery counties are keeping an eye on the rivers and streams in their areas, and Donna Lee of the Toombs-Montgomery Red Cross met Thursday with local relief agencies.

"We've had numerous meetings today with EMA officials, other Red Cross chapters, and partner agencies like the United Way and the Salvation Army," she reports.

Lee says the Red Cross is making plans to open a temporary shelter if needed. "We've put some shelter sites on notice and put volunteers on notice to staff the shelters. So, if we have to offer shelters to the public we will be prepared to do so," she said.

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