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Geneva County Engineer Keeps Close Eye on Hurricane Sally

County Engineer Justin Barfield says crews are filling up gas tanks, making sure equipment is in working order, and waiting to see what happens.
County Engineer Justin Barfield says crews are filling up gas tanks, making sure equipment is in working order, and waiting to see what happens.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT
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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - As Hurricane Sally gets closer to making landfall, some of our local county officials are preparing for a possible impact.

WTVY spoke with Geneva County Engineer Justin Barfield Monday about what he’s keeping an eye on..

“You know, with the road department, we’re always monitoring the weather as much as we can,” Barfield said.

Hurricane Sally is producing heavy winds and rain as it gains strength. Barfield says even if its impact in Geneva County is minimal, the storm can still produce major damage. Main concerns include low-lying areas and the county’s roadways.

"With Geneva County having 500 miles of dirt roads, you know, large amounts of rainfall is a major concern for us.”

Barfield says crews are filling up gas tanks, making sure equipment is in working order, patiently waiting to see what happens.

"With the down trees across roads, or if this things stalls out and large amounts of rain fall, of course that’s detrimental to unpaved roads and so you get nasty conditions on dirt roads,” Barfield said.

Should a large amount of damage be left behind, Barfield has the following advice.

"The worse the weather gets, please stay off the roads cause you know, there could be trees blowing across the roads. And if there are, please call our office and we’ll dispatch crews to clear the roadways.

Stay with WTVY News 4 for the latest on Sally’s impact here in the Wiregrass.

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