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Lee County cleans up after flooding

Lee County-- Torrential downpours caused the Muckalee and the Kinchafoonee Creeks to flood and damage about 30 homes. Cleanup is underway, as evidenced by the piles on the side of the road, which used to be someone's belongings, now just a pile of trash.

But surprisingly, even though many people have gone through three floods here now, folks we talked to say they plan to clean up and prepare for the next one.

Appliances that no longer work litter the shoulder of Creekside Drive, insulation hangs out from underneath homes, but the road, which was under water a week ago, is now clearing the way to cleanup.

"Process of cleaning up my house again after the flood, after another flood," says homeowner Jim Davis, who is going through his third flood on Creekside Drive.

Davis closed the deal on his home July 6th, 1994, and was flooded that very night, but now, Jim is better prepared to handle the flood waters. "Pretty much everything I have under the house is on rollers, so I can roll it in, roll it out and put it on the trailer and haul it out. That's why I bought the trailer, an 8 x 20 trailer to haul this stuff out with (just in case there's a flood), just in case there's a flood, that's why I bought it, yeah."

On March 30th, more than 20 inches of water flowed through his garage and out back into Kinchafoonee Creek. Now the only water that remains is mixed with bleach for cleaning up, which he should finish tonight, but not everyone will be done so soon.

"It's going to take about a week or two to get back where we can get back in the house again," said Charles Stokes, who had close to two feet of flood waters in the living area of his home.

It's his third flood as well. "They need to change it to the seven year flood instead of the 100 year flood," Stokes said.

But with experience comes preparation. "We've tried to incorporate flood proof stuff in the house, solid doors, wood walls, things like that water won't hurt that much, no carpet on the floors."

But Stokes admits, that, regardless of all the preparation, nothing about a flood is fun. "It's a headache, that's all it is a big headache."

Governor Perdue is trying to help ease that headache by offering assistance to the county with personal and equipment. But individuals will not be able to apply for assistance with the state. There are two categories for state of emergency, Public assistance, for repairing roads and other infrastructure, like bridges, and then there's Individual assistance. Lee county is categorized as public assistance, since only about 30 homes had damage to the living areas, and that's less than 1/2 of one percent of the homes here.

Crews are out in Lee county right now checking on road damage and washouts to find out how much repair work is needed.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com

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