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House and car floods in Thomas County


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Heavy rain led to some flooding in Thomas County.

One family had to evacuate after water rose four feet and surrounded their home. They moved in just five months ago and had no idea the area was flood prone. They say Thomasville officials seemed to ignore the rising water.

The Ruffins thought buying a home would be a joyous occasion. But a sunken driveway they say the previous homeowner didn't disclose, became a nightmare when heavy rain hit Tuesday morning.

"This is the worse its ever been as you can see," says homeowner Shirley Ruffin. "We're trying to buy a house, but you can't live in a home and its constantly still raining and we've got rainy months ahead. It's just going to get worse."

It started with just a couple raindrops. But as the storm progressed, their home and cars began to flood.

"I drove 30 minutes from Moultrie to try and make sure my family is safe," explains Ruffin's daughter Christal. "I'm swimming trying to get them, don't even know how to swim, but trying to save my family."

Even the family dog had to be rescued.

"The water was coming up and he was trying to swim his way out," explains Christal. "He was going to drown."

It might not look like much now, but when the rain first began, the Ruffins had to wade through waist-deep water.

The Ruffins say they're frustrated with the City of Thomasville for not doing much to help.

"Called the fire department and they didn't show up. The city, nobody. They just cut the lights and left. They didn't care, they were still standing on the porch with water up there and they just left."

"How were they gonna get out? If the police hadn't come by they were going to be stuck up there. They were very good to us. They came out and rescued us and took us down to the police department to help us get some assistance."

Now new furniture is soaked and the manicured yard is in ruins.

"We've already invested a lot of money in this house already," says an upset Ruffin.

And the time they invested to make the house a home, also went down the drain.

We talked to the Thomasville Fire Chief Tuesday afternoon. He told us 9-1-1 dispatch sent a police car and his department was not needed.

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