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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -
Officials in Worth County signed a declaration of local emergency after receiving about 10 inches of rain in three days. Commission Chairman Mike Cosby signed the declaration after officials exhausted all of their resources during the flood. If it's approved by the state, the county could receive some assistance.
44 roads remain closed and while school is back on Tuesday, emergency management officials are urging motorists to be patient and drive slowly.
Crews in Worth County spent Tuesday assessing the damage in the daylight. Over the past three days, Worth County has seen about ten inches of rain. And while the sun is finally shining, yards remain flooded.
Some residents are using pumps to get rid of the water. And emergency management officials say it could take some time before everything gets back to normal, especially for the roads in the southern end of the county.
"Lower south, as the water flows, those roads may take several days. This is going to be weeks and possibly months to repair. It's not going to happen overnight," said Worth Co. EMA Director Thomas Whittington.
More than 40 roads are closed, and while crews are working to repair those that have dried, officials are asking residents to be patient. "Our public works department has been just overwhelmed and the resources have been just spread out. And it's going to take them time," said Whittington.
Until then, folks like Tommy Hembree and his wife are scoping out the damage themselves. "Just trying to check out things. But it's going down now."
They live on Porter's Creek Road, which now looks more like a creek in some parts. "It come up quick. And its flooding really bad down here in this area. Of course this is Piney Wood Creek right here."
Hembree's backyard backs up to the creek, so he's no stranger to high water. "It don't ever get right there at the house, it gets close, and that's too close."
And it was a close call for several families in Worth County, but luckily there was no major flooding. Crews took a lot of pictures today of the areas that were hit the hardest.
They'll send those off to GEMA in hopes of getting some assistance. But it could be several weeks or even months before they find out.
The emergency operations center in Worth County closed around 4pm Tuesday. Anyone still needing assistance can call Worth County Fire Rescue at 229-776-8223.