January 7, 2015

Weather Advisory from Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency

Note: the following information was provided by the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency

VALDOSTA -- According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, the Lowndes County area is expected to experience a hard freeze Wednesday (Jan.7) and Thursday (Jan.8). No precipitation is expected and freezing conditions on roads and bridges is not anticipated. However, people are cautioned to use care when driving as water may accumulate on roads due to irrigation systems, busted pipes, etc., which could leave standing water on roads and sidewalks.

Temperatures are expected to fall to 23 degrees tonight (Jan. 7) and with wind chills the temperature is estimated at a low of 13 degrees. These low temperatures can create a dangerous situation for people, pets, and plants that are outside and exposed to the harsh temperatures.

The Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency cautions area residents to protect exposed pipes, and bring pets and plants indoors. In addition, people should use extreme caution when using electric or gas space heaters. Make sure to keep them away from furniture, curtains, and other combustible materials. Do not leave these appliances unattended or left on when leaving your home or office.

If you are aware of anyone needing shelter for the night, below is a list of shelters open in the Valdosta/Lowndes County area:

Grace Fellowship Church aka Fellowship House (both men and women)
1304 W Hill Avenue
Opens at 6 p.m.

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter (men only)
317 Virginia Avenue
Opens at 6 p.m.

New Horizons Shelter (women and children – men accepted but they must go through Salvation Army first)
714 Charlton Street
Open 24 hours

For more information, contact the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency at 229-671-2790.