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Red Cross volunteers head out to assist with flood clean-up

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Eight very experienced volunteer leaders from the American Red Cross in Savannah are headed down to the Valdosta area to help with flood clean-up. 

Two severe storm systems moved across Georgia at the end of last week and the beginning of this week. Heavy rain fall left areas of Southwest Georgia washed out, receiving 14 inches of rain in some areas. 

WTOC received word that several trees fell on homes and a few are flooded. 

Two fatalities have been reported. A dump truck hydroplaned into a school bus killing the driver of the truck and injuring several children. Also, a tree fell on a car killing the driver. 

Several reports of school buses sliding off highways were reported Tuesday. Schools have been closed in multiple counties as a safety precaution, some for the third day now.

Below is a list of counties with flood shelters on standby: 

  • Lowndes County
  • Colquitt County
  • Evans County
  • Brantley County

The following shelters were taken off standby:

  • Worth County
  • Coffee County 

The major concern now are the areas where rivers are still rising. Two rivers are currently at moderate flood stage, the Ochlokonee in Thomasville and the Ohoopee in Reidsville. The Ochlockonee crested Tuesday and should be back to minor flood stage by Wednesday afternoon.

The Ohoopee is forecast to crest Thursday night into Friday morning at 18.4 feet, which could affect homes in the Joy Bluff Community. 

The Altamaha River is forecast to crest at major flood stage at Everett City Saturday night into Sunday morning. The forecasted crest is 15.3 feet which would impact all roads southwest of the river to Highway 341, including Pennick and Old Jessup Roads and Altamaha Park. 

Seven additional rivers are currently at minor flood stage and six rivers are forecast to reach minor flood stage this week. The forecasts do not take into consideration minor rivers, creeks and streams and earthen dams which could cause additional flooding. 

This is a slowly evolving disaster and could take two weeks before the full impact is realized, according to the Red Cross. 

Red Cross Chapters will continue to monitor river levels and will remain in daily contact with local Emergency Management Officials until the threat of flooding dissipates.  

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