RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - Folks in Bryan County are preparing for possible impacts of Hurricane Florence.
The county EMA Director and Fire Chief Freddy Howell says they are keeping an eye on areas normally impacted by high tide events. Right now, it's looking like it'll be okay.
For the worst case scenario, they've got barriers and crews ready to go if it's necessary. Howell says the entire department is on standby right now. They have had several calls about evacuating, but so far, the chief doesn't know of many who have left - especially given the changes over the last day or so. He kind of described it as a wait and watch kind of thing. They're in a preparedness mode right now.
"Our main concern is the rain and wind, making sure that all the drainage is opened up, and all the water, gravity is what gets water out of here. We just want it to get out of here. We want to make sure all the drains are opened up, and it has a place to go and a way to get out of here," Chief Howell said.
The chief tells me this is an opportunity to get ready for hurricane season and the possibility of more direct impacts in the future.
"We pray for those people up in harm's way, and we have some people ready to deploy with search and rescue teams and others to go up there and help," Chief Howell said. "We're also using it as a preparation for the next one that could be hitting us."
They've had several calls about evacuating, but so far, the chief doesn't have an exact number of how many have left.