Emergency Management conducts flood damage assessment

News, Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County continues to assess damage to public infrastructure as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding over the weekend.  White County Emergency Management damage assessment teams spent most of the day Monday evaluating damage to roadways, bridges and culverts.  Nineteen separate assessments were completed.

Currently, the public works department is estimating the actual cost of repairs, and GEMA field personnel are assessing sites in various areas of White County.  The attached map shows the locations of evaluated sites.

Some homes did receive flooding, especially along the river, this resulted in rescues of persons trapped within these short term rental locations.  On James Drive, a family of six had to be rescued, 2 adult and 4 children as their cabin was surrounded by water.  See attached picture.  On Megan Drive, 2 adults were rescued.  Both homes were flooded when water from the river came out of its banks.

Unofficial reports of rainfall amounts from 7.75” to 11.5” occurred within the area.

Two private lake dams were effected, Patton Lake and Mountain Lake located on the eastern side of White County.  Both of these dams are being evaluated for repairs and there are no concerns with further erosion problems at this time.  The Mountain Lake Dam must be repaired as soon as possible, as there are homes on the southeast side of the lake that cannot be accessed due to the damage.  Georgia Safe Dams program has been notified of these two sites.

During the early morning hours on Sunday through Sunday afternoon extra personnel had to be called in to assist in the response efforts to these incidents.

 

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