By Greg Gullberg
Feb 26, 2013
Lowndes Co., GA - Neighbors pack together as the flooding becomes a tourist attraction.
They stand on a bridge on Shiloh Road in Lowndes County that runs over a very swelled up Franks Creek, just next to Wiregrass Technical College. The creek empties into the Withlacoochee River. But here, some neighbors yards are starting to look like rivers.
Locals are upset the Bridge is closed. There is a detour route but they say it takes 20 minutes to go all the way around. Residents like Sherry Dodson don't like that because she works at a local hospital and last time the bridge closed for flooding there was a patient emergency.
"I had to go all the way around and I had an emergency to get to so it makes it very hard to get to the hospital when you need to for an emergency," said Dodson.
"Well I just felt like they were a little premature in closing it. We've all seen it flood before and we've all seen the water come six feet over the top of that bridge before and it wasn't closed nearly this soon," said Charlie Lyons, who lives nearby on the road.
The Lowndes County Engineering Department closed Franks Bridge about 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for concerns about high water. It can't reopen until the water recedes and a state inspector can make sure there's no damage. There's no word on when that might be but it could come as late as next week.
The Withlacoochee River reached its crest Tuesday afternoon, but it will still take several days for the water to recede.