Heavy rains saturate Tifton - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Heavy rains saturate Tifton

A tetanus shot is recommended for people who contact flood water A tetanus shot is recommended for people who contact flood water
Water gushes near the Ramada Inn in Tifton Water gushes near the Ramada Inn in Tifton

Overnight storms caused thousands of dollars worth of water damage to several properties in Tifton.

Low-lying areas in Tift County were blocked by rising water after heavy rains Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

That storm left dozens of businesses damaged and people without homes. Shepard's Mobile Home was sunk, Barnes Transmissions covered and R-B's Used Car lot overflowed from rainwater.

This is what 10 inches of rain can do to a city in less than 24 hours. "Everything right down here was under water," said Tifton resident Norma Reed.

 "It came up so fast especially with the rain we've been having. I don't think anybody expected this kind of flooding," said Rig Solomon of the GADOT.

Shoney's Restaurant employees helped each other escape knee high water. Right next door, Ramada Inn guests were evacuated and sent to local motels. The water was so high in some areas that it submerged tires on vehicles.

"What scared me was driving through that water. They let us come through," Reed said.

"We ask people to avoid water on the roads. You never know when the road is flooded," Solomon said.

Georgia Department of Transportation closed U.S. 82 state Route 520 from the fairgrounds all the way to Alapaha.

Brookfield bridge is closed on both sides. Raging waters threatened New River, Paradise Lake, and Vancefield Creek bridges.

"When water gets on the bridge, it's our policy to close the road," said Solomon.

No lives were lost during this flooding but it will cost home and business owners thousands of dollars to repair.

 

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