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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Sixteen south Georgia counties remain under a state of emergency ordered by the governor because of flood damage.

Still rising waters in Lowndes County led Commissioners there to declare a local state of emergency as well.

Several streams in the south end of the county have risen more than twelve inches since last night.

That local declaration allows the county to institute a curfew and implement other emergency measures, though county leaders don't think they'll have to take those steps. Homes and businesses remain flooded.

Several homes off Gornto Road, Olympia Drive, and Skipper Bridge Road have been evacuated. 

"We have never seen this much water," said Leslie Beal. "In fact, it's almost a state of shock that we're in because no one ever expected it."

Many flood victims did not have flood insurance. The Lowndes County Sheriffs Office and Valdosta Police are keeping a heavy presence at all flooded areas.

They have already had to intervene on looting.

Many of Lowndes County's citizens have been unable to look up news on road closures and possible dangers, as Medicom's head-end was destroyed in the flooding on Gornto Road.  The site became submerged in ten feet of water. 

Mediacom's Director of Engineering, Mitchell Grubbs, said, "We're having to rebuild our whole head-end from the old site, which is currently under water.  It's very labor intensive, very meticulous."  Still, Mediacom is hopeful to restore the county's cable and internet within the next few days.

Lowndes County Emergency Management has opened the Mathis Auditorium on Ashley Street as a shelter for those forced to evacuate their homes.

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