Heavy rain turns Columbia Co. home into river

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email
Columbia County flood

The estimated damage on this Columbia County family's home could go up to $100,000. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 8, 2012)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

MARTINEZ, Ga. -- Pamela Williams and her family are still reeling from the headaches left over from Tuesday's storms.

"The plants were floating, all of the plants were floating," Williams explained.

Plants weren't the only thing floating; furniture, Tupperware and anything else water could pick up was swept away in minutes.

"[The water] was rushing so fast we decided to open up the doors to let it through rather than damage the house," she explained.

In minutes, rain covered her backyard pool, making it invisible to the naked eye. Minutes after that, she says it was rushing up against her house.

Her husband was outside trying to clean out a Columbia County storm drain.

"I knew that it was probably the storm drain because we'd had problems with it in the past with a log clogging it up or debris clogging it up," Williams said.

"We took a couple of sticks and started stirring around, and finally we knocked something loose and it started drawing water," her husband, Jason, told News 12.

They say the water would have never come close to their house had the county properly maintained its drains.

"It's clear that the water is not being diverted properly because it's coming through the house," Williams explained.

Now, they're waiting to see if Columbia County will help them out. Williams told News 12 the county was out looking at the drain Wednesday and told them to get an estimate for the damages inside their home. Those early estimates, she says, are coming it at over $100,000.

"Just to get the fans in there and get the subfloor pulled out and the hardwood floor and the carpet, we've been hearing well over $25,000 just to begin," she said.

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