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July 11, 2005

Thomasville-- Thousands of people in our region are cleaning up from Hurricane Dennis.

Dennis dumped nearly a half foot of rain on parts of South Georgia. The result has been flash flooding and washed out roads.

A swath of debris marks the destruction Dennis left in our region's southwestern counties Sunday. "There was a lot of pretty heavy wind and a lot of heavy rain," says Grady County resident Jimmy Singletary.

"It was ok until the electricity went off and the power went out," he adds. Crews have restored power to Singletary, and about 95% of the other customers in Grady. "They finally got it back on about 3:00 this morning," says Singletary.

The same goes for Thomas, Miller, Seminole, and Decatur Counties. Grady EMA Director, Jim Ellis, says the main concern right now is the roads. "There are still some roads that are impassable due to water over them," he says.

The water over one closed road in Grady County is so deep that it reaches about halfway up the street signs. The situation is similar for several roads in neighboring Thomas County. Three roads are closed because of water in Thomas. But that could change for the worse tomorrow there, as well as in Grady.

"The Ochlocknee should crest at the bridge around 1:00 pm," says Ellis. It's expected to crest just over the eighteen foot flood stage, and just over the county line. "We will look at closing the lower Cairo road between Thomasville and Cairo," says Ellis.

That's a precaution to avoid a repeat of two minor car accidents during yesterday's storm. Fortunately, the injuries were also minor.

More than 150 trees fell in those five counties.

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