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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - While the flooding on Gornto Road is finally starting to recede, many parts of Lowndes County are still experiencing significant flooding.

Franks Creek Bridge on Shiloh road is completely submerged.  Flood waters still surround more than one hundred houses, and Georgia Power has been forced to cut off electricity to eighty-seven of them.

"We're in the process now of getting our assessment numbers together so that we can submit, through the State of Georgia, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and hopefully obtain some assistance for our residents who do not have flood insurance," says Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes. 

County and city crews have already started the clean-up process.  In areas like the Meadowbrook subdivision, recovery seems a long way away.  There, Sugar Creek, which feeds into the Withlacoochee, rose over four feet.

"We knew there was a creek back there, but never in our dreams would it have come across the street and all the way up into the yards on the other side of Meadowbrook," says David Nelson, whose son's home was severely damaged.  "It was just overwhelming."

The Lowndes County, Lake Park, and Hahira Health Clinics are offering free Tetanus shots to anyone who works or lives in flooded areas. 

With such severe damage, the county expects many storm victims to be unable to return home. "Right now, we're looking at some long term sheltering," says Dukes.  "It's going to take quite a while for the water to recede, and for us to clean these homes up to the to the extent that they can be repaired. We're going to have to find some places for some of our citizens to stay during that period."

Lowndes County is running an Emergency Management Hotline.  They encourage citizens to call 229-671-2400 for information on flooding and road conditions, and to report all storm damage--no matter how small.

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