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Man must wade through Ogeechee River to reach his home

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Arthur Barefoot has one of the best security systems to protect his home on the Ogeechee River - a driveway flooded with the high waters of the Ogeechee River. He helped friends 25 years ago build the river house that became his home. 

He must leave his truck parked on Shuman Road and walk 100 to 150 yards the rest of the way to his house. He evacuated Saturday before a pond dam breached and spilled millions of gallons of water into the river miles above him. When he came back Monday to check on things, he could see water marks on trees and the concrete blocks under his house.

"You can see how high it went. It's dropped back down a foot or so to where it was," he indicated.

Barefoot said the river, normally about 250 feet from his house, has overrun his well so his water is undrinkable. The water had also reached the door handles of a car parked next to his home.

"I've never seen a summer where the river got this high," he said. "My daughter, who's eleven, and I fished the river last year and walked across the river because it was so low. The water in my yard is higher than the river was last year."

He's now staying in Statesboro and waiting for the water levels to drop so he can at least drive to the home and begin repairs.

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