Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
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.