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March 6, 2013

City continues cleanup efforts; over 50 percent complete

VALDOSTA — City of Valdosta crews are making significant strides in their cleanup efforts in all known areas of the city affected by flood waters, as well as all impacted areas along the streams in the city.  Six city crews are canvassing properties, picking up debris and spreading lime powder to disinfect these areas at a rate of about 50 bags of lime per hour.


All properties adjacent to the affected rivers and streams in the city have been assessed.  City marshals went door-to-door in these areas with flyers informing citizens that the cleanup and disinfection process was ongoing.  City residents who were impacted by flood waters who did not receive a door hanger should call the Public Information Office as soon as possible so staff can assess their properties.


Though it appears that most of the flood waters in the city have receded to within the river banks, crews will continue to treat the affected sites with lime powder until all common areas are disinfected.  Larger areas require more time; however, the city crews are over 50 percent complete with the cleanup efforts.


As a reminder, citizens should use a bleach solution of 1 TBSP bleach per one gallon of water to clean outdoor lawn equipment, furniture, yard toys, etc. and for pressure-washing their properties, though it is not recommended for treating the yard.  City crews will continue to treat affected yards with lime powder, which breaks down any harmful components on the ground and also eliminates any smell.


According to the Center for Disease Control, flood waters of any kind will have contamination due to run off from yards, farm or domestic animal waste, etc., which occur naturally in bodies of water.  The city continues to urge citizens to avoid contact with the affected areas until cleanup efforts throughout the next week are complete.


For more information, contact the city’s Public Information Office at (229) 259-3548.

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