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Crisp Homes and Roads Flooded

Crisp Homes and Roads Flooded

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CRISP COUNTY, GA (WALB) -About 30 Crisp County homes south of Cordele are flooded Sunday as a result of heavy rainfall over the past two days. Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson says the area has received near five inches of rain.

Some homes in the Hanna Road area and the Cedar Lake Subdivision had up to a foot of water in them. No one is reported injured in the flooding. Crisp County public works officials are working in the area to help relieve the flooding.

Reba Evans lives in Cedar Lakes which is another neighborhood that saw alot of flooding. Early Sunday morning, Evans said water form Cedar Creek in her back yard came up to her garage, nearly entering her garage.

"You can't imagine. My yard was under water. I was thinking it might get into my house any minute," Evans said.

Evans says this isn't the first time water has almost flooded her home, and she's ready for something to be done about the problem.  WALB spoke to County Commissioner Wallace Mathis to get some answers.

" We would love to get the pipes straightened out. This occurs with large amounts of rain. It's been a few years since we've had this much of a problem," Mathis said.

He says help from the county would be a necessity. If the county were to install pipes underneath the railroad tracks near Cedar Creek, Mathis says he also has to think of other places the water would go so it doesn't move from one area to flood another.

Other people forced from their homes due to the floods are staying with family or friends. No shelters are open. Authorities say U-S Highway 280 west of Cordele had water over the highway, but it has since receded. Emergency Management says several roads in Southern Crisp County have water across them. Pateville Road was covered with high water from the northern branch of Swift Creek overflowing its banks.

Crisp county officials say they've seen about five inches of rainfall overnight, and they're expecting more this week. The Crisp County Sheriff's Office says it will be working with The Georgia Emergency Management Agency to continue assessing any other affected areas.