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No easy solutions for Tift flooding

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

TIFT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - It may take years to correct drainage problems that caused homes in the McInnis Mills subdivision in Tift County to flood. Water from 4,000 acres flows into the drainage basin near the subdivision off US Highway 319 in Kelltown.

County officials say there's no quick fix to the flooding problems there. Emergency Management is working with FEMA to mitigate the problem, but it would require a hydrological study that could take years to complete.

"What we don't want to do is be knee-jerked and do something that might affect somebody downstream or might make things worse. So that is why this is going to be a long thorough process," said Tift EMA Director, Scott Bowers.

Up to four feet of rain entered several homes during flash flooding on March 28th.Several homeowners tell us they are now looking into a federal buyout grant.

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