ELLIJAY, Ga. – A public information open house to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed improvements to State Route (SR) 382 in Gilmer County is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 5 until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Gilmer County Courthouse, located at 1 Broad Street in the city of Ellijay, Georgia.
Gilmer County’s residents interested in learning more about the proposed project are encouraged to attend the meeting and express their thoughts and preferences.
“We would like to hear the viewpoints and concerns of all area residents,” says DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville. “The Georgia DOT strongly believes that since this project is intended to serve the people of Gilmer County, the ideas and preferences of these people are important and can make a difference in our planning process,” Comer explains. “This meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed project, ask questions, and express their preferences as well as their concerns.”
The proposed plans call for realigning SR382 on new location for 0.35 miles from MP 9.72, on existing SR382 to meet sight distance requirement at its intersection with Old Highway 5; extending it from MP 10.13, on existing SR382 east for 0.44 mile on new location; and finally terminating it at its junction with SR5/SR515. The project will also include the construction of a right turn lane and acceleration lane on SR 515 at its intersection with the proposed SR382 extension. The typical section of SR382 extension will be two 12 ft. lanes with 10 ft. shoulders, of which 6.5 feet will be paved to accommodate bike traffic.
The Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Cherie Marsh at (678) 721-5257.
Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until September 2, 2014. Written statements may be submitted to:
Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.
Georgia Department of Transportation
Office of Environmental Services
600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
GAINESVILLE, GA, Monday, June 30, 2014 — Volunteers from the American Red Cross Northeast Georgia Chapter are proving aid and comfort to those temporarily displaced in Gilmer County as a result of flash flooding. Working with the Gilmer County Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross has opened a reception center at Gilmer County Middle School, 1860 S. Main Street in Ellijay. The reception center will be opened as long as individuals and families need a safe place to stay until their homes are no longer in danger of flooding.
American Red Cross volunteers will ensure that the residents have their basic needs met while staying at the reception center to include meals and snacks. Volunteers will also provide any additional support necessary if any individual’s homes are actually impacted by the flash flooding.
“We know that our region is at risk every year, so it is particularly vital that we work to keep our community safe by preparing for floods before they happen,” said Ryan Logan, interim executive director. “Taking a few moments to discuss these simple, common-sense preparedness steps with your family can save your life and the lives of the ones you love.”
- Creating and practicing a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment’s notice. Listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress.
- Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries and other emergency items for the whole family.
- Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for you area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Download the Red Cross Flooding App: This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone user’s instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public