Flash Flooding Hits Thomasville

Thomasville, GA -- June 7, 2012

Some sections of Thomasville have changed following flash floods that drowned parts of the city Wednesday.

Lake Eagle off of Remington Rd. is nothing but a creek now. According to Robert Porter of Thomasville, the former lake dumped into Cherokee Lake nearby, taking most of the fish with it. The Thomas County sheriff's office wants to educate the public about flood dangers gonig forward.

"When water is flooding like this, you don't know where these drains are. You could very easily step off into one, just like the incident that happened yesterday and be sucked away underneath the road before you even know what happened," said Cpt. Steve Jones.

A sheriff's deputy pulled a boy from one of the drains during the flood yesterday. He was taken to the hospital but was released with no injuries.

Thomasville, GA -------- June 6 2012

Flash floods have left many people in clean up mode.

Wednesday's downpour left residents in Thomasville, Georgia wading in the water. Five to six inches of rain fell in the town in just an hour and a half.

"There was stuff floatin' down the middle of the street," said Thomasville resident, Paul Boyd. "I mean all those houses down there and down that side of the street the families said there's 2 feet of water inside the houses."

David Crider, who works at the Days Inn Hotel says water damaged up to 60 rooms. He says it took about two hours for the waters to die down and estimates damages could cost anywhere between $30,000 and $40,000.

No one was reported injured or missing in tonight's flooding.

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  • by Holly Location: Here on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    Unless you hear from the horses mouth or saw what came out of those drains, "if" they were clogged then just keep your mouth closed. These families have lost everything. And I'm sure some of the stuff is not going to be able to be replaced. My heart goes out to Leah and her family and Brian and Emily's family. Also all the others that were affected this way.
  • by Neighbor Location: Thomasville on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM
    The problem is the Summercreek housing community on Remington never should've been built on a former wetlands. It WAS the source of drainage for the homes on Clanton and Margaret Streets. The Summercreek development was built on a swamp. Once the old Mitchell property (now Summercreek) was filled with dirt to build houses, the water now has no where to go. These people whose house flooded need to band together and sue the engineers, and original developers of Summercreek, who IRONICALLY almost killed a little boy as well. The drainage designed at Summercreek is less than adequate, and the developers, and builders KNOW it. Water has been seeping from the Summercreek homes for years, foundations have cracked, and now the people in the Margaret Street area had to build a Mote in their backyard to protect themselves. Have you seen the water ditch they had to build? Another Thomas County subdivision, failed. Pure Greed will come back to haunt you.
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      by Eric on Jun 10, 2012 at 04:05 AM in reply to Neighbor
      If that's the case then Florida shouldn't exist...alas, it does because people know how to survive. Hurricane Katrina was devestating, but that didn't stop New Orleans from existing either. Maybe people jus don't understand that there's a MASSIVE underground river running in and around T-Ville. It was a flash flood...exactly by the definition. Too much rain, too little time, no place to go but up and over.
  • by SawItAll on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:10 PM
    When you have a big flat screen, you can't stop watching it. When you can't stop watching it, grass goes unmowed and you hire a lawn service. When you hire a lawn service, the storm drains get clogged. When storm drains get clogged, your house gets flooded. Don't get your house flooded. Turn off the TV and get a life.
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      by Eric on Jun 10, 2012 at 04:03 AM in reply to SawItAll
  • by Sick and Tired Location: Thomasville on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    All I can say is what an excellent job the police, deputies,city utilities and county folks did during and after this freak rain storm. They were out in force, doing what they do best. My hats off to all of them...it's a tough job to do what they do and coming home to flooded houses themselves. Boo to the naysayers!
  • by Colt on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    The drains stop up because all the lawn mowing businesses blow their clippings and leaves in the drains!
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      by Agree Completely on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM in reply to Colt
      So true, Colt! When will people realize the storm drains were installed to drain 'water' and not as a dumping ground for yard waste, leaves, etc. What ever happened to using a rake and bagging the clippings up ??
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:46 PM in reply to Colt
      I disagree with that. The lawn company I work for does not blow clipping into storm drains. I make sure the drains are clear of debris.
  • by chris Location: thomasville on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    This is to Jr,maybe you should make a trip to Margaret St and tell the families that lost everything they can rebuild, better yet why don't you bring your check book with you and pay for the cost to rebuild. Your a BIG DUMMY JR!!
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      by Jason Smith on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:06 PM in reply to chris
  • by GA Girl on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:07 AM
    Just think how much could have been saved if the GREAT City of Thomasville would just keep the road drainage cleaned out the water could drain!!!!! Margaret St. residents watched the water drain down in a matter of minutes when the city came out and unstopped the drain. DUH THESE PEOPLE HAVE LOST EVERYTHING...... Does it make you feel good city officials???????
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      by maurice on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to GA Girl
      Uh GA Girl, the streets flooded due to a tremendous amount of rain falling in a short amount of time, not because the drains were clogged because they were not. You know we cant do anything about Acts of God. The wated drained in a matter of minutes because the drains were not clogged, not because city officials did anything special.
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      by Eric on Jun 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM in reply to GA Girl
      GA Girl, maybe it wasn't clear enough to you that a LAKE overflowed into ANOTHER LAKE. If you wanna drain a lake in an hour, have fun with that.
  • by jr Location: ga on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM
    thank you for the rain god. keep it coming. they can rebuild.
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