LOCALS CONCERNED ABOUT RECEIVING STORM WARNINGS VIA CODERED WEATHER ALERT SYSTEM

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Many subscribers to Floyd County’s CodeRED weather alert system have reported that they did not receive warning of the storm that hit this area last Wednesday night (which has been classified as an EF-1 tornado).  Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock told WLAQ News/The Ridge Report that the system is dependent on the National Weather Service, which affects whether or not those with CodeRED are alerted of impending severe weather.  He says it would be helpful if the NWS updated their system.

ADOPT-A-STREAM WORKSHOP SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The Coosa River Basin Initiative is teaming with the Rome/Floyd ECO River Education Center and the Darlington School Outdoor Club to host a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream workshop on Saturday, March 3rd.  Participants will learn how to conduct chemical water monitoring on local streams and submit their data to Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream database which helps track stream health across the state, according to a CRBI media release.  The three-hour workshop will be taught by River Education Center Director Eric Lindberg and hosted by Darlington School.  It is set to begin at 9 am at Ridge Ferry Park.  Participants will learn how to test water for temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen through hands-onn activities at nearby creeks.  These chemical indicators paint a general picture of stream health and can help identify some pollution problems.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STORM CLASSIFIED AS EF-1 TORNADO

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The storm that ripped through Floyd County on Wednesday night has been classified as an EF 1 tornado, Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock confirmed yesterday.  The tornado caused destroyed a number of homes and substantial damage to 50 to 100 buildings, according to Hancock.  There were also numerous downed trees and limbs.  The damage primarily occurred in the Kingston Road area.  Crews worked Wednesday night thru the day yesterday to restore power to some 2,000 customers left with outages.  Power outages led to the cancellation of classes for schools in the Model district, including Model Elementary, Middle and High School, Johnson Elementary and the Floyd County Education Center.  According to Tim Hensley with the Floyd County School system, all of those will be open today.