Geneva taking safety precautions ahead of severe weather

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Geneva County has not been immune from tornadic storm damage over the years. In December 1999, a tornado claimed a woman’s life after the storm struck her family’s Geneva home.

Today, a newly appointed Geneva County Emergency Management Director and Sheriff Tony Helms are making sure all deputy vehicles have a full gas tank and a chainsaw to remove downed trees in the roadway.

“We’re not worried about the rain really, but the straight-line winds and possible tornado we’re keeping a close eye on,” Geneva EMA Director Eric Johnson said.

“We have our chain saws ready to go, we have our yellow tape in case we have to close roads. Our vehicles are fueled up, our sheriff’s posse is on stand-by,” Sheriff Tony Helms said.

Both men stress that if bad weather moves in, stay off the roads. Sheriff Helms says one endangers themselves and others when trying to drive and sight-see the damage.

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