A few residents of Fair Road Apartments ventured back to survey the damage Tuesday morning after more than a foot of water rushed through the first floor homes. Monday night, they could only flee to higher ground and watch. The water came from a nearby canal that overflowed.
"The water was everywhere and there was no where for it to go," explained Barbara Thompson, whose son lived there with his girlfriend and several children.
Inside the apartment, water had soaked carpet, furniture, even appliances like the dryer and refridgerator. Some residents, like Ethel Lee, have not returned from sheer sadness.
"It's tough when everything you have is in there and its gone and you have to start over," she said through tears.
Across town at Simmons Apartments on Johnson Street, the owner said a nearby canal - or at least the growth in it - contributed to the flooding. Bobby Simmons said he has complained repeatedly to the city of Statesboro.
"I don't know if it caused the flooding by itself," he said. "But I know people plant grass to stop water and we don't want water here to stop."
The American Red Cross opened a shelter for some of the evacuees while others stayed with friends or relatives. On Tuesday, they began working with victims on what they need over the next few days.
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