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Newton deals with more flooding after Saturday showers

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

NEWTON, GA (WALB) - Weekend rain created even more problems in Baker County.

The county estimates now 28 dirt roads and 12 paved roads are either damaged or have water still covering them.

Many homes in the area have been evacuated. A couple have water inside, and others have transformed into an island completely surrounded by several feet of water.

Also, flood water is inches away from creeping into the historic courthouse which now houses the library.

Another problem is flooded roadways and drivers not willing to find alternate routes.

"Please do not go around these barricades. It's dangerous and that's why we've got them there. I'm sorry it's an inconvenience but it's for there safety as well as ours that we do take these precautions," says Evelyn Phillips, the Baker County Manager.

Three paved roads in the county have damage where water has broken up parts of the roadway. They say those will be very expensive to fix.

And on Hwy 91  drivers were still urged to use caution crossing the water.

But DOT crews helped clear the roadway by pumping water uphill this afternoon.  Feedback

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