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Geneva County Preparing Possible Flood Waters

If Tropical Storm Fay dumps torrential rain across the tri-states region, Geneva may be the most vulnerable city in the Wiregrass.

Geneva Emergency Management personnel have a plan in the event Fay brings flood waters to that city.

Three-years-ago, a malfunction in a gate on the new Geneva Levee caused minor flooding problems in the downtown district.

Geneva officials say the issue has since been corrected and the seven gates on the four-mile levee have been inspected in recent days.

E.M.A. Director Margaret Mixon doesn't expect flood problems, but always be ready.

"We feel since the levee has been restored, it'll protect us in the event of river flooding. But that's something we and the National Weather Service does not expect at the moment."

Geneva maintains the state emergency management sandbag machine. Bags can be filled every two-seconds.

However, some folks are doing it the ole-fashion way, shoveling in a bag.

"We got to make sure the sandbag machine is working properly. We have the crews and are ready to fill with sand. We have plenty of that in the city yard," said Don Campbell.

Mulkey Elementary Principal, Gail Hayes and school personnel have sandbags ready, but they don't expect any major problems.

Although nothing too extreme is expected. Still, emergency management officials say it's better to side on the caution when dealing with a tropical storm.

At six o'clock Saturday morning, Geneva County's E.O.C. will be activated. Officials hope Fay will not cause any problems to this area.

E.M.A offices across southeast Alabama are in constant contact with the state concerning the progression and projections of Tropical Storm Fay.


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