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Water rises in a Dougherty County neighborhood


Residents in an East Dougherty County neighborhood are watching nervously in case of more rain. Water is slowly receding along Radial Avenue and that area, that was inundated by water.

Wednesday morning Folks on Radial Avenue watched cautiously as the creek's water rose around their homes, but most were calm. They've seen this before.

Carlos Ba Choc and his four roommates finally leave their home on Radial Avenue about 11 AM. The five men said they awoke to see the water about 9 this morning, but just stayed inside expecting it go down. But the water kept rising, finally too high to drive their cars out. They walked to higher ground.

How did it feel walking out of there? Ba Choc said "It's too cold. Cold."

The men say they have not lived on Radial long, and while the water has not gotten inside their home yet, they are worried.

 Ba Choc said "Yea. The cars and everything. We have a lot of stuff in there."

Down the street Tom Mann and his family sand bag around their home. Mann is an expert at this, because of previous floods.

Mann said "Three other times."

Piney Woods Creek should be about 50 yards behind his home, but all the recent heavy rains had it rising quickly this morning. Mann was ready.

Mann said "Ah, we had an idea it was going to come up, yeah. Because of the amount of rain that we got."

One block over on Parr Road water got into this home's garage, but the owner moved most of his vehicles to higher ground. Firefighters brought a small boat in case it was needed for evacuations , but most of the people stayed inside their homes....most have seen it before.

Dougherty EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "This area traditionally receives flooding. On Radial, on Ramsey, on Parr. All of them back in here at the lower ends, receiving flooding."

Corine Moultrie said she has seen the water rise on the street twice since she has lived in her home, but has never had any damage.

 Moultrie said "No, and I pray to the Lord that it won't."

Ba Choc and his roommates are not veterans of this creek flooding....so they left.

Ba Choc said "Now we go with somebody to stay. We see if the waters go dry, we're coming back."

Neighbors wait and watch to see when the water recedes.

When that happens, no one knows. One thing all the folks out there were watching, if any more rain would fall today. That would cause more trouble.

As of now, first responders say none of the homes in that area had water inside that they know of.

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