Rain hampers travel flooding some roads
By RICK HEAD
Brantley County schools are expected to reopen Thursday after rains spawned from Winter Storm Uri hit the area on Valentine’s Day.
With many ditches still holding water from the previous winter storm, Tabitha, ditches are now overflowing into roads making travel in the county treacherous.
Brantley County School System officials issued a statement Monday morning, February 15 to remain closed through Wednesday, February 17.
The press release stated, “Because many dirt roads in Brantley County have been made impassable after recent heavy rains, the school district canceled classes for Tuesday — making it a teacher planning day — and will offer virtual classes for all students on Wednesday.
“The county’s transportation director will stay in touch with the road department to assess the status of schools for later in the week. Stay safe and check back here for updates on Wednesday.”
Winter Storm Uri is the same major weather system that brought ice and snow as far south as Texas and even Mexico. It was expected to cause severe weather in South Georgia, said Wright Dobbs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla.
The storm system was to drag a cold front through the region Monday night. “A major low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico is rising and heading west (of Valdosta),” he said, putting South Georgia in a “corridor” for rough weather.
Because of the amount of precipitation, a Flood Warning was issued for the Satilla River At Atkinson from Tuesday, February 16 until further notice.