Rain turns streets in Riverwood Plantation into rivers

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, June 30, 2013

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- Showers created problems for neighbors in Evans. A quick and heavy downpour turned some streets in Riverwood Plantation into rivers. But even though cars couldn't get through, it didn't stop some kids from boogie boarding their way through the neighborhood.

"That's why they call it Riverwood, right? We had a river down the street," laughed Steffanie Rittenhouse.

Rain brought a whole new meaning to the name of the neighborhood Riverwood Plantation after a rainstorm turned their street into a river.

"It's just unlike anything we had ever seen. Some neighbors were trying to get to their house, and one man was in water up to his waist. It was insane," Rittenhouse said.

While some kids were having a little fun, Rittenhouse retreated to her balcony to keep her 5-year-old safe and get video of other kids as they boogie boarded down the street.

"It was coming down at the peak of a thunderstorm level, and it just wouldn't stop. It was just coming, and coming and coming," she said.

Pictures neighbors took show cars barely making it down the street, the water halfway up its frame.

"It would make a huge wave, and as it was pushing the water along, it was actually lapping up against the front door of the house," Rittenhouse said.

Silt about a foot up on the mailbox and as far as a couple feet up on the fence shows just how high the water got.

Neighbors say the Columbia County Sheriff's Office shut the road down for a little while, but neighbors say after about 90 minutes, the water left as quickly as it came.

"It was terrifying. It was just a feeling of helplessness, I mean, I felt like I should call the police. It was an emergency, but what are they gonna do? They can't stop the rain," Rittenhouse said.

Some neighbors say they've lived there for eight years and have never seen it flood like it did today.

News 12 asked what their plan was if it happens again. They said flood insurance is in their future.


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