In spite of standing water left by Hurricane Irma mosquitoes are giving the Liberty County area a bit of a break, mosquito control chief Frazier Sylvers told the county commission Thursday.
Sylvers said water levels were lower than in previous storms and that the mosquito population which his office monitors by traps was fairly low. Phone calls to the mosquito control office were also at a low level, he said.
Emergency management personnel were at the commission meeting and received praise for their work during and after the storm. Commission Chairman Donald Lovette said that state Emergency Management Agency officials who worked with Liberty County personnel “gave high accolades to our (EMA) people.”
Larry Logan of Liberty EMA told the commissioners that about 30,000 people had been without power because of the storm but that it had been restored fairly quickly. He said 46 officials had signed in at the Emergency Operations Center during the storm. The EOC is in the former jail building near Hinesville City Hall.
The commissioners were told that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would open a Disaster Recovery Center tomorrow in the county complex at 9397 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Midway. The DRC will be open Monday from noon until 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
FEMA representatives at the DRC will be accepting applications for disaster assistance from Hurricane Irma. There will also be representatives from the Small Business Administration offering low interest loans to businesses, homeowners and renters.
Engineer Trent Long gave the commissioners an update on work in progress and discussed projects that might be funded Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant funds. Work on John Wells Road and and Westfield Road and improving access at Lake No No are among the projects being planned.