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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  • by Douglas Location: Wash. DC on Aug 26, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    After spending the last 36 months or so researching flood events around the US, here's what I've learned: 1] The number of reported flood events has increased by a factor of 12 since 1950; 2] The increase in flood events is nearly the same in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia; 3] The cost of flood damage, in the US, averages around $30 billion annually and insurance covers only about 20% of the cost; 4] 75% of flood damage comes from water that is less than 3' deep; 5] 60% of all damage from severe weather comes from flooding. If you live where it has flooded before it will flood again. Flood control projects by organizations like the USACE take a decade and more to complete. Therefore, every flood threatened community must have an emergency flood protection system available and sandbags are not the answer. You can see one new flood protection system at
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