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Flood clean-up continues in Sylvester

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Sylvester - The where People at one mobile home park of West Street spent Monday drying out what they could save after as much as two feet of water entered their homes.

More than 30 homes were flooded, and Code enforcement set up a relief center at the fire department. They want anyone affected by flooding to register there.

Shanda Henry is one of several people whose mobile homes were damaged after water from a ditch rushed into their homes.

"As far As furniture and stuff it is gone." she said. "We lost a freezer full of food. So basically we will just have to start over again. And this is just to soon after the '05 incident."

As many of these families work to dry carpets and furniture that was submerged in more than two feet of water, Pastor Judy Hall works to provide these families with immediate relief.

"They need food, they need clothes and these are some of the things that we are trying to address," said Pastor Judy HallJesus Christ Tabernacle of Deliverance.

The rain fell so quickly most of the residents here didn't have time to prepare.

"Within a ten to 15 minute time period with water coming from the north and than torrential downpours. With in an hours time we had 19 streets flooded." said Angel Gray, Code Enforcement Officer.

Officials are now working to get everyone affected signed up to grasp exactly how much damage was caused.

"People scatter and we can't the numbers we need to get help from the government," said Henry.

Until then, they are doing what they can.

"We are going to have to try to pull together again with family and friends helping us out," said Henry.

And they hope enough people sign up to qualify the area for more government assistance.

Fourteen paved roads remain closed in Worth County because of washouts, and 530 miles of dirt roads still need to be repaired.

Anyone who needs assistance because of storm damage can call the Sylvester Fire Dept. at 229-776-8511.

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