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Community cleans up after heavy rains flood parts of Camilla

One Camilla family is cleaning up after heavy rains led to water flooding their home. (Source: WALB) One Camilla family is cleaning up after heavy rains led to water flooding their home. (Source: WALB)
The flash flooding swept away one woman's car while she was behind the wheel. (Source: WALB) The flash flooding swept away one woman's car while she was behind the wheel. (Source: WALB)
Close to 8 inches of rain fell in Camilla Monday night and nearly 5 inches in just one hour. (Source: WALB) Close to 8 inches of rain fell in Camilla Monday night and nearly 5 inches in just one hour. (Source: WALB)
Cyretha Jackson (Source: WALB) Cyretha Jackson (Source: WALB)
City Manager Bennett Adams (Source: WALB) City Manager Bennett Adams (Source: WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

Residents in Camilla were in cleanup mode Tuesday night after heavy rains flooded several parts of town. 

The flash flooding actually swept away one woman's car while she was behind the wheel, and caused damage to one family's home. 

One Camilla family said that this wasn't the first time their house was flooded, but this was the worst it's ever been. On Tuesday, they said they were grateful that they were able to salvage some important family items. 

Close to 8 inches of rain fell in Camilla Monday night and nearly 5 inches in just one hour. 

"It was raining real hard, and we noticed how the water was coming up," explained resident Cyretha Jackson. "We decided to just leave because we knew, by the way it was rising and how much water was in the field, that it would probably get in the house."

And she was right. Cyretha and her husband Arthel have lived in their house for more than 20 years. But on Tuesday, they were drying up and ripping out flooring that won't last another minute. 

"Just clean, sweep, mop the best we could," said Cyretha. "Sweep out water. Fans running."

And just about a mile down the road, a car was swept away by flooding.  

Luckily, firefighters were able to get the woman out of the car quickly and safely. And City Manager Bennett Adams said that they are preparing for more rain. 

"We're working on cleaning our drains and letting our holding ponds flow out at a slow rate to create some more holding capacity if we have additional rainfall," explained Adams. 

Meanwhile, the Jacksons said that they'll continue to clean up. 

"I got my boots on. I've had my boots on all day," said Cyretha. "I'm ready to get out of them, but we have to keep working."

But they're grateful the damaging rains didn't damage what means the most to them.

"I'm sad and frustrated," said Cyretha. "Can't be angry because God is in control."

The Red Cross is helping the Jackson family. 

The city also urges drivers to avoid driving in flooded areas at all costs. 

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