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Little River dam weakened by rainfall

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

TIFT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - It's been two days since 10 families in McInnis Mills were rushed out of their homes. "It happened so fast, I had to get my two children out. We had no shoes. All the toys are ruined," said Hope Layfield.

And many of these homeowners are just coming to terms with their massive loss. "This has just been devastating. My children want to come back in their house, and they can't," said Layfield.

Those affected are still working to dry out their homes, most of them without the financial means to do it. "We have had to gut the whole house. We are not in a flood zone so we don't have flood insurance," said Layfield.

But they are getting help from neighbors. "There are people in our subdivision who we never met before who came down here and worked like dogs," said Layfield.

McInnis Mills is not in a flood plain so most of the 53 families who live there don't have flood insurance. "You sign the papers and you pay the money, but it takes 30 days for it to go into effect," said Layfield.

And now those lending a hand may find themselves in need too, if the dam on the Little River fails. "It's over for us anyway, as far as our house is concerned; but we don't want the rest of the houses to flood," said Layfield.

Now they are preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best. Water at the dam has been lowered and engineers are monitoring the dam. No evacuation order has been issued, but there is a flood watch in effect and people in the subdivision are asked to be prepared to leave quickly if necessary.

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