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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

MITCHELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Rainwater is creeping into the backyards of some people in Mitchell County. They say it's a recurring problem that needs to be fixed.

One family in northern Mitchell County told us they've seen flooding seven out of the ten years they've lived there. They say it's usually just a nuisance. But if the heavy rains continue, it could become a big problem. Now they want something done about it.

Almost every time it rains, the Green family must park their cars at the end of their driveway and trek to their house.

"Two to three times a year we have flooding," said homeowner Mark Green. "Every time we get two to three to four inches of rain in a short period of time, it'll come up drastically and quickly."

The water comes from neighboring properties and flows downhill through the Greens' backyard, making its way towards the Flint River.

"I had the misfortune of setting my house right in a dry creek bed. Which at the time, we weren't aware of, nobody out here was aware that this was a flood zone cause that was during the drought in '99. It didn't flood until 2001."

Green says most of the time the flooding is just a nuisance. His house sits high enough that major damage to the home has never been a problem. But last March, the flooding forced them out of their home.

"I know when it's time to leave because my electrical box sits kinda low. It has gotten up high enough that I had to cut the power and go."

He fears heavy rainfall will once again force his family to leave.

"Six or seven o'clock this evening, it's going to be up. I can guarantee that."

Green has considered moving, but would rather try to fix the problem. But he doesn't know who would be responsible for the fix: him and his neighbors or the county.

"A commissioner came out one time and looked at the situation. But nothing's ever been done. We love it out here. We don't want to go. But a lot of people are getting really tired of it. It's just time for something to be done."

In the meantime, Green and his wife keep a close eye on the forecast, and on the rising water in their backyard.

The Greens say that if the water does gets too high, they'll once again cut off their power and stay in a hotel for the night.

We tried to contact Mitchell County commissioners to find out whether the county would be responsible for providing a fix to the Greens' flooding problem. They did not return our calls.


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