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Jeanne floods, topples trees in Tift Co.

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September 27, 2004

Tifton- The holding pond at Old Ocilla Road and Richard's Drive flooded early Monday morning.

At least a foot and half of water surrounded nearby homes, creeping close to front and back doors.

"It's never done this before and this morning I walked outside the house and I was kind of shocked, because I don't know what to do about it," says Niki Covington.

Jeanne also caused almost two feet of flooding in the back parking lots of both the Tifton Days Inn and Ramada hotels. Hotel staff had to move many first floor guests to other rooms.

Heavy rains and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour knocked down trees all over Tift County.

A pine tree missed crashing down on one King Street home by just inches. It did cause some minor damage to the carport, and the tree also brought down a cable wire when it toppled, but the homeowners are definitely counting their blessings.

Just a few streets over, another pine fell into the parking lot at the Tift County Health Department. Luckily no cars were parked in the lot because the office was closed Monday morning.

Posted at 4:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com