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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 

Flood waters surrounded or damaged nearly 950 homes and damaged hundreds of miles of roadway.

GEMA representatives were in the county Sunday, but with roads still impassable, decided to return later this week to assess the damage.

County officials aren't sure whether the damage will meet the threshold for damaged homes to get individual assistance, but some homeowners say they need it.

In Camilla, deep water around homes along Martin Luther King Junior Drive has finally receded giving residents like 86-year-old Jetson Toombs a look at the damage. "I ain't ever seen it like this before," Toombs said.

You can see along the baseboard just how much water the Toombs had in their home. There's still water in one of the bedrooms and the damage is difficult to talk about. "It kind of hurts."

In Baconton, the owners at an East Glausier Street mobile home said they've got water in their vents and the insulation under the home is destroyed. Just down the block at the housing authority apartments, crews were ripping apart seven units.

"We're taking tile out, sheetrock, we're getting an inspector to come up here tomorrow to inspect the wiring," said Blake Tinsley, Housing Authority Maintenance Supervisor.

The damage is significant. "All the kitchen cabinets are out, all the water heaters got destroyed, stoves, washers, dryers, beddings, when I say bedding I mean the beds themselves. TV's VCR's in there," said Drew Smith of Homework Etc.

The county is finally able to get into some neighborhoods along Old Georgia Three that have been inaccessible until now.

Ann Lamb, Mitchell County EMA Director said, "We're still looking because a lot of areas that we could not get into, we can now get into and some new areas are flooding as water moves across the county."

While the county expects to receive help from the state, they're still unsure if there will be any help available for individual homeowners who expect to be stuck with costly bills to repair what mother nature's done.

County engineers estimate more than 400 miles of roadway in Mitchell County may need repairs, costing the county millions of dollars, which state aid could help pay for.

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