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Pipe rupture causes boat rescues

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Dougherty neighborhood flooded overnight because a pipe burst, and right now public works crews are working to fix the problem.  

A large drainage pipe that had been plugged last week to hold back water gave way to pressure overnight and sent water flooding into the Mockingbird Drive subdivision on Radium Springs Road.

Nearly ten homes in the neighborhood were surrounded by flood waters. Around 5:00AM, firefighters on rescue boats evacuated two families from their homes. Public works officials say they are doing everything they can to fix the problem.

Kristi Richter was preparing to move back into her house which had already sustained flood damage last week.  "So yesterday you're thinking. It's over. But it's not. No. It was completely dry here. It was out of all the neighbors yards."

But Tuesday her driveway was underwater. And she's in shock. Just like her neighbors.

Bobby Ellis got a first hand of tour of the flooding this morning via an AFD rescue boat after waters got so high around his home he and and his wife had to evacuate. "How'd it come back so fast? I haven't the slightest idea," he said.

Turns out a pipe plugged last week prior to heavy rains became overwhelmed by water pressure causing a breech. This sent runoff water that had been stored on the eastside of the railroad tracks flowing into Mockingbird subdivision.

"Last night we had a breach in that plug, and the water he had backed up on the east side of the track has inundated this area again, and we got that re-plugged, and secured, and we're trying to draw this water back down," said Public Works Director Larry Cook.  "The pumps are still working. It's just the volume of water we have, it's just hard to keep up with at this point."

County Commissioner John Hayes met with flood victims Tuesday. He hopes they will soon benefit from disaster aid. "That will hopefully bring some relief to our folks that have been affected that can have some access to resources that will help them to get back on their feet."

While homeowners here are having to deal with yet another round of flooding problem. Public works officials say they are on top of the situation and they're trying to get rid of this water as quickly as they can to alleviate the situation.

The American Red Cross has just opened a shelter for these families. It's at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, at 2126 Edgewater Drive in Albany.

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