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Dougherty County's east side was full of flooding and rescues

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The sun came out in east Albany and Dougherty County Friday, but it did little to help flooded neighborhoods.

Dry Creek spilled its banks, causing more than 30 people evacuate their homes. In the Radial subdivision, Piney Wood Creek forced several people to seek shelter in motel rooms.

Dry Creek has been anything but dry. It spilled its banks overnight near Hancock Road, flooding the Creekside RV Park. Kimberly Smith and her two year old son Dylan had to be rescued by boat.

"We didn't have time, the boats were right there knocking on our door saying lets go so I grabbed the most important stuff and my son and headed out, we didn't even have time to get clothes," said Kimberly Smith, a rescue victim.

Smith said in a matter of an hour, the park was underwater, now all she can do is watch and wait to see what the damage will be to her home.

"I'm kind of nervous to see all the damage it's done," said Smith.

The creek also spilled its banks near Moultrie and Nelms Roads, creating an even bigger pond in Eddie Cox's backyard. He says the railroad built a natural dam, trapping water in his neighborhood.

"Larry had the DOT man down there and they said it was just trembling. I wasn't with them, but they said it was just shaking, I'm sure it was," said Eddie Cox.

He hopes this latest damage that drove several families from their mobile homes in the area will cause the Department of Transportation to appeal to the railroad to make a change.

"When you can put something in there to relieve this water, why not, why not? It affects that very road up there at Morey's," said Cox.

Next time keeping water out of people's homes and in the creek bed where it belongs.

Residents in this area hoped they might be able to get into some of their homes Friday night that won't likely be the case. It could take until Saturday for enough of the water to recede along Dry Creek for people to be back in their homes.

Dougherty County crews were out marking high water spots in several neighborhoods. They say that data will be collected and analyzed to predict the potential for flooding problems in the future, so neighborhoods might be evacuated more quickly. While some roads are finally passable, others remain underwater, blocking access to homes.

At the Nob Hill Mobile Estates also in this area along Sylvester Road, Fire Crews brought in their rescue boat, but just ended up going door to door checking on residents surrounded by water.

On Parr Road, Gil Jones had to make his way through a neighbor's yards to get to his car he left on higher ground. Mail boxes were underwater as well as trash cans and other belongings. Just two streets over on Plumbcrest Drive, Theresa Character waited to see what the damage would be as her uncle and father made their way through ankle deep water to her surrounded home, the news was encouraging.

"Water is up to the porch, but it's not going in the house and the back yard is filled with colored water and everything," said Jack O'Neal.

Neighbors say they typically have problems with the creek when the area gets a lot of rainfall, but many said they had never seen it this bad. All they can do is watch and wait for the clean up process to begin. Many were unsure just how bad the damage will be, not able to access some of the homes in this area still.

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