More than a dozen people in Turner County are displaced after flooding forced them to evacuate Tuesday night. Emergency officials sprung into action when they received the 911 call, as the water continued to rise.
The threat for flash flooding has been an issue for several days now. The extreme rainfall totals Tuesday night forced residents, who live in an apartment complex on Pate Street to evacuate. Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester says in twenty-three years he has only seen that area flood a few times and this time he knew that their emergency plan would have to be used.
"It flowed very well last night when everybody got together, Ashburn Fire department, Ashburn Police Department showed up and took care of their part of the pile and we took care of ours and it flowed very well," said Sheriff Andy Hester.
Resident Chad Section knew that there were active watches and warnings in his area, but he was surprised that the water kept on rising which left him concerned about his next move. "To try and stay out of the water because I wasn't aware that it was going to flood I did see the Flash Flood sign on the news but I wasn't aware that it was going to flood literally."
Turner County has been working very hard to ensure they have a safety plan ready to go, and last night it was put to the test.
"Last night proved that when you plan ahead and prepare that you're better off when you respond and it helped save time and could potentially save lives," said Kerri Calhoun, of Turner County EMA.
Emergency officials say everyone who was involved in the rescue process did an exceptional job working together and following through with their emergency plan. And Tuner County 911 director Jason Lawson wants to thank everyone who participated in the event. "I am very proud of how everybody worked together as a team for the citizens of Turner County and Ashburn."
The residents were evacuated from their apartments were safely moved to a temporary shelter until the apartments are restored to living conditions.
The Red Cross disaster relief helped find shelter for the folks who were displaced and supplied lunch for those who returned to their apartment this afternoon to see what they could save.