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Chatham County officials say do not return after 10 p.m.

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

Although officials announced that citizens are allowed to return to Chatham County beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, they urge you not to return until Monday. After numerous calls taken to CEMA and social media posts from citizens, county officials are offering the following advice:

  • There is no fuel in the area. Fill your tanks before you return. 
  • Many roads are still closed due to debris and/or flooding. Do not attempt to travel closed roads or maneuver around large debris and do not attempt to drive through flooded streets.
  • Most of the county is still without power. Many traffic signals are not functional. Treat intersections as a four-way stop.
  • Streetlights are not working in many areas. Do not attempt to drive around after dark. Even familiar roads could be flooded or blocked with debris. 
  • A curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 7a.m. for the entire county. This includes returning evacuees. Do not return after 10 p.m.
  • There are large numbers of unexpected hazards such as debris, trees, flood waters, and downed power lines. Use caution while traveling.

Metro Police are asking residents to use caution and be vigilant when they do come home. They want to remind you to not call 911 to report damage. City of Savannah residents can call 311. You can report any damage to the city and county here

Officials also want to remind you to not wade into the water. Standing floodwater on your property may hide a host of dangers including live electrical lines or sewage. Also, the water may be deeper than you think and there is a danger of drowning. Do not let children play in any water or touch objects that may have been exposed to possibly contaminated water. Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Also, wash clothes and disinfect toys, as floodwater can make you sick.

Keep in mind that hurricanes can damage buildings and make them unsafe. If your home or another building has been damaged, make sure it’s safe before going inside. Be aware of fallen power lines on or near your property. Never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Beware of standing water in the area. Alert the power company and local authorities of the electrical hazard.

Police are also asking members of the community to continue to report suspicious activity which may lead to burglaries, robberies, or theft and looting by calling 911.

Hundreds of power crews are in town. Be patient as they work to restore power. They may have to block some driveways as they work.

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