News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Water inside homes, yards turned into ponds and streets into rivers were all familiar sights throughout the area Saturday.
Heavy rains pounded the CSRA for hours, leaving knee-high water in neighborhoods all over.
"Awful, devastating, it's rough," said homeowner Clifford Graham as he stood in water in his den. "My bedroom flooded, the den is flooded, kitchen flooded, but we'll manage."
He's lived in his home for 33 years and says the last time something like this happened was the 1990 flood.
On Saturday, his neighborhood off of Apple Valley Drive in south Augusta was even worse.
"This is the worst I've ever seen it," he said as he surveyed his neighborhood. "Never seen it this bad."
Graham's neighborhood wasn't the only one. People all over the area experienced major flooding and hard rains. Parts of Laney Walker Boulevard were flooded and part of the road was closed down.
Graham and his neighbors all blame it on a drainage issue with the ditch behind their homes.
"The way the houses are built out here the water runs from the street to the back," he said. "It runs from the front of the house to the back in the ditch. Since the ditch is clogged up, the drainage system is clogged up. That's why it won't run from here to get through. That's why my house is flooded right now."
Now, Graham's just praying it won't rain again until they can get the ditch cleaned out.
Like many others in the area, Graham does not have flood insurance.
Anyone can buy flood insurance -- you don't have to be in a FEMA flood map to purchase it. Twenty percent of all flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk areas, so if your home has flooded recently, it might be worth it. But it does take 30 days to go into effect, so it's probably best to buy it sooner rather than later.