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Heavy rain causes flooding and evacuations in Miller County

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

COLQUITT, GA (WALB) - Miller County is drenched. Nearly 9 inches fell there today.

Firefighters had to use boats to rescue 15 people from their homes.

Roads, farmland, and driveways were replaced with rivers and lakes today as heavy rains pounded Miller County.

Strong winds caused some property damage and downed power lines. The roof of a storage building off Hwy 91 was ripped off and tossed to the ground. And several irrigation systems were reported damaged.

But overall damage was minimal. It's flooding that's causing a panic.

"What we're doing is delivering sandbags to people that have water getting into their houses," said Russell Nash, Work Detail Officer with the Miller Co. Sheriff's Office.

Water began seeping into Matthew Chase's home early. He picked up his sandbags this afternoon to prevent more water from creeping into his living room.

"We flooded here in '02. And it rain like this in '02. There was water coming in the house but I caught it just in time," he said.

Later, around 3:30pm emergency workers had to evacuate Nalls mobile home park in Colquitt - 15 people were rescued by boats from their homes.

"We have a real serious situation not only with homes but people traveling," said Nash.

10 county dirt roads are closed because of water. And state Hwy 310 from the city limits to White's Bridge road is closed.

Emergency workers are urging everyone to use caution. Stay off the roads unless it's an emergency.

First United Methodist Church in Colquitt is open tonight as a shelter for storm evacuees. Feedback

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