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I-16 and Highway 204 still closed
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This photo of a water moccasin in a puddle near Richmond Hill City Hall is a reminder to avoid standing water as it may be contaminated or contain dangerous wildlife. - photo by Photo courtesy of City of Richmond Hill

Eastbound I-16 at Highway 301 near Statesboro is still closed, as is Highway 204 at the Bryan County-Chatham County line (near the Ogeechee River). Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell said I-95, Highway 144 and U.S. 17 are open. The Georgia Department of Transportation has other travel information available at www.dot.ga.gov.

As Howell indicated Saturday night when the countywide curfew was lifted, there is no guarantee that residents returning will be able to access their subdivision or home, or that they will have power. More than 6,000 customers were still without power as of 11 a.m.

Officials are asking returnees to exercise extreme caution when they return. Crews are still clearing downed trees to give power companies access to damaged lines and some roadways may be partially blocked. If you need to clear trees, limbs or other debris from your property, do not touch downed wires. If your home does not have power, that does not mean lines in the area are not live.

Be sure to stay out of standing water as well as it could be contaminated or have dangerous wildlife in it. The accompanying picutre was taken at Richmond Hill City Hall of a water moccasin in a puddle.

Residents with questions about returning can call (912) 858-2799 or (912) 858-2490.

"Do not call with questions about trash pickup or debris pickup or burning permits," Howell said. "We are still in the process of making our community safe."

Officials are urging homeowners to be aware of contractors offering to do repairs or tree removal. Do not pay by cash or check up front before the work is completed and insist those offering services have a valid business license and proof of bonded insurance.

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