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Receding creeks prompt folks to return

Mike Sistrunk Mike Sistrunk
James Howell James Howell
Nature Malone Nature Malone
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Both Lee and Dougherty County Emergency Management Officials report receding water in residential areas.

More folks are getting back in their homes in Lee County as the flooded Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks recede. County crews are working to repair damaged roads quickly.

Lee County officials say there were 85 homes that had water flood inside them, and 23 more secondary structures like sheds that were affected.  With the creeks receding, roads are the first priority for county officials.

Lee County public works officials work on the base failure that caused part of Kinchafoonee Creek Road to weaken.  Officials warn people that roadways where water went over them could still have potential problems.

Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk said "We want our best to let the ground dry out as much as possible.  The heavier the trucks are and stuff like that could still created issues for us.  We've been real lucky to have only one bad base failure out of all the flooding water. We've been real lucky on that."

Water this afternoon was still across Creekside Drive near Knollwood Drive, but officials hope it will dry out soon.
Lee County EMA Director James Howell said "Both creeks, the Muckalee and the Kinchafoonee, continue to recede at this time.  We anticipate that this process will move pretty rapidly now."

As home owners return to their homes, the American Red Cross has clean up kits available now.  Affected home owners can pick up kits with bleach and clean up supplies, as well as drinking water, clean up instructions, and emotional support.

American Red Cross Southwest Georgia Chapter Disaster Program Specialist Nature Malone said "Because it's very tragic. It happened around the holidays, and a lot of people are left affected."

Lee County officials hope to have the pipes installed and road repaired on Kinchafoonee Creek Road Tuesday. Sheriff Reggie Rachals will make the decision when to open the affected area to all traffic.

Those American Red Cross clean up kits are free to affected home owners. You can pick them up at the Century Fire Station on Highway 19 in Lee County from 8 to 5 every day.

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