County dodges major damage, gets 3 to 5 inches of rain

Published 12:56 am Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Covington County dodged the hurricane bullet again this past weekend, when Nate headed inland farther west that once predicted.

Covington County EMA director Susan Harris said that local damage was limited to some trees and power lines down.

The Choctawhatcha, Pea and Yellow Rivers Water Management Authority recorded 4.97 inches of rainfall at the Yellow River on Hwy. 84 in a three-day period from Saturday to Monday. During the same time, 2.64 inches of rain were recorded at the Yellow River on Hwy. 55.

“But the tropics are still active,” she said.

There are three more weeks left in hurricane season, and Tropical Storm Ophelia has already formed in the Atlantic. However, the storm is not expected to affect land.

Meanwhile, Harris reminds local residents interested in working to establish storm shelters in the county of an organizational meeting for a Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) group. A meeting has been set for 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 19, in the Covington County Commission Chambers, 270 Hillcrest Drive, Andalusia.

“If you have commented that you wish you could help or that shelters should be open in times of need, please attend this meeting,” Harris said. “We will talk about the different areas in a disaster that need to be addressed and how it can be accomplished.”

Nate turned off power for more than 100,000 Alabama residents as it moved across the state. By Monday, almost all of those customers had power restored.