Flooding causes road closures in Lowndes County

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2018

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Weekend rain in South Georgia washed out several roads in Lowndes County.

Schools across the region cancelled classes Monday because of poor travel conditions and closed roads, including Lowndes County Schools and Valdosta City Schools.

Old Lake Park Road near the McMullen Subdivision was completely washed out Monday by flooding of a nearby pond. Many people living nearby said they have never seen anything like it.

"I think it's just amazing to see how powerful Mother Nature is," said Ellie Doyle, who lives in the neighborhood.

The road now looks like a stream. Just down the block, another pond caused problems for drivers, overflowing onto the street.

"We came through and the water came splashing up, it was probably several inches deep of water, and it was very scary," Doyle said. "We passed it and we were like, 'oh my gosh, what's going on, this is so not good.'"

In Lowndes County, close to 10 streets remain closed, unsafe to drive through. County officials continue to monitor water levels, particularly near the rivers, and ask the community to do the same.

"The water is going to continue to move around our county for the next few days so we're asking everyone to avoid these areas if possible," said Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes. "You're putting yourself, your passengers, as well as our local public safety in danger whenever you try and drive through these floodwaters. So please, I know it sounds cliche, but turn around, don't drown."

Crews continue to assess damage and what repairs are needed. Officials said it's still unclear when exactly these roads can be fixed.

"There are some areas where the water is going to have to continue to recede before that can dry out enough for those repairs to begin, so we're asking citizens to be very patient with us through that process," Dukes said.

Lowndes County officials are asking for help keeping ditches and drains clean, saying by keeping them clear of debris helps the water levels recede.