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Some Colquitt Countians need boat rescue

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

Colquitt County, GA (WALB) - Multiple mobile home parks in Colquitt County had to be evacuated because of weekend flooding. Emergency workers used to boats to rescue families from their front doors.

Most of those folks are back home, but several people spent Saturday night in a shelter Emergency Management set up Willy J. Williams Middle School.

What looks like your typical river is actually Michael Reese's front yard in the Indian Creek Subdivision in eastern Colquitt County.

 "It's a shame," said Reese. "We just thank God we didn't lose our homes. That's what matters."

Power crews shut off electricity to the sub-division early Saturday evening due to the rising water. Around 5:00, the lower portion of the neighborhood was evacuated. Emergency workers, along with some brave volunteers, rescued those who were stranded.

"Well, the emergency workers did that, but we helped out. In my boat. They had boats out here too," said Reese.

The flooding was deep enough for twelve-foot boats to go door to door. The waters spread through much of eastern Colquitt. Many roads had to be closed.

"Well, Old Adel was closed down because it washed part of it away," said Gracie Staggins. "Indian Creek was closed down, and Annie McGee was closed down."

While Colquitt County's damage was extensive, citizens say they are just glad no one was injured.

The Red Cross also stepped in and provided motel rooms to some families who had no where else to go.

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