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South Ga. sees flash flooding, damage from high winds

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 11:32 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT
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VIENNA, Ga. (WALB) - Heavy rains that drenched the Dooly County area Thursday have left a backup of rainwater in the city of Vienna. High winds damaged a mobile home in Coffee County in the Bowens Mill Road area near Ambrose. Flash flooding is also reported in Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County.

The Dooly County Sheriff’s Office said that water also went over the roadway on Five Points Road, just south of Clemons Road in Unadilla. Please find an alternate route to travel. The Dooly County Road Department has been notified of the situation.

Vienna had flash flooding (Velvet Layfield)
Vienna had flash flooding (Velvet Layfield)(WALB)

A messy front yard for some in a neighborhood along Bowens Mill Road in Coffee County.

One home was one of the strongest hit on Friday morning, winds knocking down several trees onto the home.

There were also downed trees and flooded streets in the areas of Guy Predigen Road, Worth Lane and Bownes Mill roads.

A downed tree on a Coffee County home from an Oct. 8 storm.
A downed tree on a Coffee County home from an Oct. 8 storm.(WALB)

Crews were seen picking up trees around different properties.

One home was deeply affected. Multiple trees were uprooted and knocked over, destroying a part of a home and the barn.

Homeowner Jamie Spivey said it all went down around 7:20 a.m. Friday morning.

As his family was heading out of town for a trip to the mountains, they had to turn around.

“My oldest daughter’s bedroom, the tree fell on her side, so some limbs came through the roof and knocked the ceiling down, and left a mess in there and her closet down in there,” Spivery said. “Praise God we weren’t home. We were blessed.”

Homeowner Jamie Spivey said it all went down around 7:20 a.m. Friday morning.
Homeowner Jamie Spivey said it all went down around 7:20 a.m. Friday morning. (WALB)

Spivey said it could’ve been a tragedy.

Their power was also affected and they were left with no electricity for hours.

Spivey said insurance agents came out and are helping them get through it.

“We’ve had rough weather before but nothing like this,” he said.

No injuries have been reported, according to Coffee County EMA.

A mobile home was destroyed on Guy Pridgen Road, no one lived there.

EMA officials said some of the dirt roads were washed out because the county got about five inches of rain.

The National Weather Service said it will not be coming out to survey the area.

WALB’s Weather Forecaster Anthony Bordanaro said Friday is the last day of a humid and wet pattern. Rainfall tracks north and east. Flash flooding is possible in Coffee, Dooly, Crisp, Ben Hill, Wilcox and Pulaski counties. Some of those spots have gotten more than 6′ of rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

As lunchtime passed, drier air moved in.

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