Flooded residents rush to dry out before rain returns

Flooded residents rush to dry out before rain returns

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While a good deal of Atlanta is sawing trees and hauling away debris in the aftermath of Monday evening's hefty downpour, many residents are simply trying to dry out.

The torrential rain left highways, streets and numerous homes overrun with rain water in the southern half of metro Atlanta. Rising, pooling water flooded one pocket of I-75 in Forest Park during Monday evening busy rush-hour commute. 

Standing water spread across almost all four adjacent lanes of track, bringing traffic to a near stand-still. City crews easily waded waist-deep into the standing water.

Some neighbors at the Fox Hole apartments, also in Forest Park, say they trudged through the driving rain only to deal with water having flooded their homes. Some found up to three inches of water had swept into their homes.

Tenant Geneva Arnold said, "After the rain it flooded. As it rained it flooded the whole house, from the kitchen, from the front door to this door, it flooded. It was like two to three inches of water everywhere, the whole apartment."

Tenant Ruben Miracle said, "All of these apartments are flooded up. The living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining room. They come up about two inches all in the floor and this is a total mess."

Because of clogged storm drains and saturated ground, a lot of residents say they are worried about the more flooding with the forecast calling for even more rain.

The storms also left a wet mess for folks here to clean up at the Memorial Baptist Church in Forest Park. The pastor's office, his belongings and several rooms were waterlogged when the basement was flooded.

Over in Cherokee County, tree removal crews worked to clean up the mess left by Monday's storms.

"It's just unbelievable…There's just trees down everywhere, subdivisions, homes," said Daniel Tackett, a tree service work.
Tackett and other tree service owners worked to clear limbs off power lines before they come down.
"We had to work the tree down from the top down all the way down because the power company had got one side of it off and that's all they could do at the time because they have more appointments to go to," Tackett said.
As they prepared for more rough weather, other people in this community must still deal with what downed trees left behind by Monday's heavy rain hitting saturated ground.
"We've answered a lot of calls, anywhere from vehicle accidents to trees on houses," said Canton Police Officer Pacer Cordry.
The same storms and slow storm drains left I-75 traffic in Clayton County at a standstill, shutting down Monday afternoon rush hour.

Severe weather forced crews to close the Canton bypass on Tuesday. Strong winds brought down trees and power lines near the Marietta Road Bridge, so Georgia Power closed the road to allow its employees to make repairs.

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