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Baconton residents displaced by flood water


10 Baconton families are finding somewhere to stay, Sunday night, after heavy rain caused half of the housing complex to flood. 

Residents evacuated Sunday morning as a precaution in anticipation that more rain will come this week and cause damage to the apartments. 

This isn't the first time these residents had to leave their places at Miller Homes.

"This is the second time and the first time I lost my car," said resident Eugene Jones.

Residents had to be transported from their apartments to dry land.

The complex has seen this type of flooding before in the area and city officials say this is nothing new.

"Every time we get six or seven inches of rain, especially across 19, it comes in a hurry and there's nothing we can do about it. We've been trying to get with the county and do something about it," said Blake Tinsley with the Camilla Housing Authority.

Now 10 families will be housed elsewhere Sunday night and if the flood water damages the apartments again, they will permanently be moved to another complex according to Tinsley.

"It's frustrating because of the fact that you have to relocate. After you've been in one place for so long, it starts working on your mind," said Jones.

Members of Saint James Baptist Church were out on hand Sunday, feeding displaced residents and comforting those in need.

"The scripture says what we need to do is look out for one another. The scripture also says be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatever you sow, you shall reap. If we sow goodness to people and kindness, that's what we'll get back," said Pastor Lawrence Knighton.

Although it's an unfortunate situation, some residents like Jones wouldn't mind moving, so he wouldn't have to deal with this hassle.

"I'm optimistic because of the danger that is here because of the creek rising and it's unpredictable," said Jones.

Everyone made it out safely through the flood water. 

Those residents will be moved to other housing authority properties until officials can determine if they can move back in to their homes.


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