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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - A state of emergency in Ashburn Saturday, where flooded streets were closed because of the heavy rain.

Water flowed down the center of Lamont Street near Washington Avenue, closing it for a couple of hours.

The water also caused flooding in other parts of the city, threatening homes and cars.

Emergency managers set off sirens twice during the storms and activated their Code Red system to warn residents about the bad weather.

The city tells us that at least twenty people will need help finding a place to stay for the night because of the flooding.

Those people will be taken to a temporary shelter at the Turner County Civic Center.

"The fire chief came to me around 3 O'clock and asked me to declare a state of emergency we had every fireman and police officer, and volunteer fireman and other people out with us trying to keep the roads clear," Mayor Jim Hedges, City of Ashburn.

The bad weather and flooding and rained out the Fire Ant Festival.

It's the first time that's happened in 14 years.

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