Important Weather Related Announcements

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UPDATES Below: Weather related information and announcements are posted below. Remember to check all road closures before traveling in Worth County: (Send announcements to [email protected] or call (229) 638-0844).

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Worth Schools are Closed Tuesday

Due to weather and flooding conditions on over 30 Worth County roads, Worth County schools are closed Tuesday, February 26th. Only 240 & 230 employees of the school are asked to report.

A Message from Worth E-911  Director

Please stay diligent and avoid any roadways that are closed. If you see roadway issues, trees down or other emergencies please report them to 911 or call our non-emergency number at 229-776-8219.

Volunteers are needed at Public Works camp to assist with filling sandbags as the the need has significantly increased. Call 776-8223 for more info.

Sylvester Court Postponed

Sylvester court trials scheduled for tonight (Monday) have been rescheduled for next month’s court calendar. Please contact the clerk at SPD (229) 776-8500 in reference to subpoenas or case related questions.

Needing Sandbags?

Sandbags are available for citizens in the county by calling Worth County Fire Rescue at 229-776-8223. Citizens in the city limits of Sylvester can get sandbags by calling Sylvester Fire Dept at 229-776-8510. The county has a 20 sandbag limit.

Recreation News

DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER TONIGHT -
Baseball Evals for Monday are canceled. Make ups will be Tuesday Night
(2/26) at our office in the gym. Times: 7/8 yr old, last name (A-J) is
6:15 pm, last name (K-Z) is 6:30 pm. 9/10 yr old (A-J) 6:45, (K-Z)
7:00 – 11/12 yr old (A-J) 7:15, (K-Z) 7:30. Girls Softball make-ups
will be Tuesday night (2/26) between 6:30pm – 7:30pm. WEAR TENNIS
SHOES and bring a glove. Call us for more info, 776-6509.

Send announcements to [email protected] or call (229) 638-0844.

ALL MOULTRIE TECHNICAL COLLEGE CAMPUSES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY EVENING AND ALL DAY ON TUESDAY: Due to extremely large rain fall levels making the roads impassable in many of our counties, ALL campuses of MTC, as well as all GED test preparation/Adult Education sites, will be closed for Monday evening classes tonight and all day Tuesday, February 26th. At this time we plan to reopen Wednesday as usual.  Students and staff should stay tuned to the MTC website, the MTC Alert system (voicemail, email and text messaging), and local TV and radio stations for updates.

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NWS Forecast: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm Monday, then showers and thunderstorms after 7pm. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Low around 56. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

301 PM EST MON FEB 25 2013/ NWS

…A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO

TUESDAY MORNING

Hazardous Weather Outlook/ NWS

TODAY AND TONIGHT...
 ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TODAY AND PRODUCE
MORE HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE REGION. THE FLASH FLOODING
POTENTIAL IS HIGH TODAY DUE TO THIS ADDITIONAL RAINFALL.

THERE IS ALSO A THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER STARTING LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE
THE PRIMARY THREAT THOUGH AN ISOLATED TORNADO IS POSSIBLE. 

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Southwest Health District issues recommendations for private wells in flooded areas

           Residents using private wells that have been flooded by the recent heavy rains should take precautions against waterborne illnesses by boiling well water for two minutes and then straining it before consumption, Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner warns.Phoebe-Worth

He emphasized that the recommendations are only for private wells that were underwater. “If flood water didn’t cover your well, then you need not take these precautions,” Tanner said.

“Although Southwest Health District has recommended a Boil Water Order for flooded private wells in Worth County, we are well aware that other counties have private wells that flooded during the recent heavy rains,” said Tanner.

“Regardless of whether a boil water order is in effect in your county, if your private well flooded, please limit consumption to bottled water or boil well water for two minutes at a rolling boil and strain it before using it to brush their teeth, prepare food or drink,” he said. However, the water need not be boiled for other domestic activities, such as washing laundry or bathing, he said.

            Disinfection of flooded private wells cannot begin until water covering the affected wells recedes.

            Materials needed for emergency disinfection of flooded wells

  • One gallon of non-scented household liquid bleach
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Old clothes
  • A funnel

Steps to disinfect flooded private wells

Step 1

If your water is muddy or cloudy, run the water from an outside spigot with a hose attached until the water becomes clear and free of sediments.

Step 2

Determine what type of well you have and how to pour the bleach into the well. Some wells have asanitary seal with either an air vent or a plug that can be removed. If it is a bored or dug well, the entire cover can be lifted off to provide a space for pouring the bleach into the well.

Step 3

Take the gallon of bleach and funnel (if needed) and carefully pour the bleach down into the well casing.

Step 4

After the bleach has been added, run water from an outside house into the well casing until you smell chlorine coming from the hose. Then turn off the outside hose.

 Step 5

Turn on all cold water faucets, inside and outside of house, until the chlorine odor is detected in each faucet, then shut them all off. If you have a water treatment system, switch it to bypass before turning on the indoor faucets.

Step 6

Wait six to 24 hours before turning the faucets back on. It is important not to drink, cook, bathe or wash with this water during the time period – it contains high amounts of chlorine.

Step 7

Once the waiting period is up, turn on an outside spigot with hose attached and run the water into a safe area where it will not disturb plants, lakes, streams or septic tanks. Run the water until there is no longer a chlorine odor. Turn the water off.

Step 8

The system should now be disinfected, and you can now use the water.

Step 9

If you are not sure about performing the disinfection procedure, contact a licensed, professional well installer for assistance.

Step 10

Contact your county health department for water testing at least five days after disinfectation.

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