5.a. FY2020 USGS Joint Funding Agreement,
which adds county funding for the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
to the Hahira Little River Gauge the county has been funding since 2009,
Surprise bonds for the Development Authority and Lowndes County Schools,
and a turn lane for Wiregrass Tech, plus a new Forestry Ranger about fire,
in these LAKE videos of yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session.
The longest item was five minutes about
funding the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
in addition to the Folsom Bridge Little River Gauge,
EMA Director Ashley Tye.
Valdosta apparently discovered that Skipper Bridge is not in the city limits, so Valdosta will no longer fund that gauge.
But the former funding from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) plus more from Lowndes County will cover it,
if the Lowndes County Commissioners vote for it at 5:30 PM Tonight,
after their discussion yesterday morning.
Lowndes County is adding funding for the Skipper Bridge Road Withlacoochee River gauge to its traditional since 2009 funding of the Folsom Bridge GA 122 Little River gauge.
That’s $8,300 and $14,200, respectively, with another $5,900 for the Skipper Bridge Gauge from the Suwannee River Water Management District.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) puts in $900 towards each gauge, or $1800 total.
Valdosta still funds the North Valdosta Road US 41 Withlacoochee River Valdosta gauge, and USGS completely funds the US 84 Quitman Withlacoochee River gauge.
The City of Valdosta hosted a Regional Flood Preparedness meeting
with the Georgia Silver Jackets on June 25—a continuation of
discussions that began earlier in the year focused on regional
interests and on maximizing area resources.
Representatives from the cities of Moultrie, Sylvester, Tifton and
Valdosta and from the counties of Lowndes and Turner attended the
meeting to discuss current and future flood monitoring and
forecasting issues throughout the Little River and Withlacoochee
River watersheds. These two watersheds are part of the overall
Suwannee Basin that is approximately 10,000 square miles in Georgia
The City of Valdosta initiated planning discussions recently that
brought together representatives from key local, state and federal
agencies to seek solutions to a regional flood issue.
The 50-year flood event that occurred in late
2013 was a vivid reminder of the 2009 flood event that significantly
impacted south Georgia. Since 2009, the city has worked to help
identify potential causes and the scope and area of the regional
flooding that occurred. This information has been shared with
various state and federal officials and agencies in the hopes of
gaining their interest and support to work together to address the
regional flooding. Since Valdosta is located
The tornado was an F2 in Lowndes County and an F3 in Lanier.
It went west to east, wrote the NWS in Tallahassee.
pictures we posted that day
were apparently where it first touched down, and even then
it ripped limbs off of trees and broke some off and threw them.
The most significant damage of the severe weather event in south
Georgia and north Florida was caused by a tornado that moved from
just northwest of Moody Air Force Base to near Lakeland, Georgia.
The damage was assessed by a survey team from the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee. Most of the damage was consistent with an
EF1 or EF2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. However, the most
severe damage — near Boyette Road and Highway 122 — was consistent
with an EF3 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Maximum wind speeds
were estimated to be around 140 mph at that location.
As you can see by
the tornado was an EF0, EF1, and EF2 while it was in Lowndes County,
(as Ashley Tye told the Lowndes County Commission
rising to an EF3 in Lanier County, peaking at 140 mph winds.