Laurens County preparing for Hurricane Hermine

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Laurens County is warning residents to prepare for flooded roadways and high winds as a result of Hurricane Hermine. Counties in the southern portion of Middle Georgia are expected to be hit the worst.

“If you live in a mobile home, try to make arrangements to have a more substantial structure to spend the next 48 hours in,” Laurens County EMA Chief Don Bryant said.

Heavy rain is expected for over 36 hours. Bryant’s concern is drainage and runoff. He says water will create ponds that would close roadways – and that’s not the only problem.

“You’re looking at winds that are strong enough that they actually could cause problems with school buses going up and down the road,” Bryant said.

One of the reasons why Dublin City and Laurens County canceled school on Friday.

In December heavy rains caused the Oconee River to flood nearby homes. Thankfully this year, Bryant says that won’t be an issue.

“We’re not worried about flooding issues from the river and from some of our streams as much as we are the amount of heavy rain that’ll fall real quickly and our drainage system wont take that water off of the roadways,” Bryant said.

Last year, the river waters almost reached Milton Blair’s house on Rex Miller Road.

“I saw just water, water was everywhere, water came to the fence,” Blair said. “It was all the way down the road. Nobody had time to get anything, that’s why it was so tragic, just sad.”

He’s preparing to stay with his father if the Oconee floods. But considering the river’s water level is between one and two feet right now, Bryant says he should be fine. The water needs to reach a level of 21 feet to overflow.

Bryant says everyone should prepare for the worst just in case.


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