Flooding during downpour leaves mess in Thomson

Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 6:05 PM EDT
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THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A downpour Wednesday afternoon caused flooding in Thomson that some residents blamed on clogged storm drains.

Cars were partially submerged by the street flooding, which included areas like A Street, East Hill Street, and Jackson Street.

Once flood waters receded, muck was left on the outside of the vehicles, with standing water in the floor areas.

“I got a phone call, and the phone call was stating that it was flooded over here,” said Petrice Montgomery, Thomson resident.

As the rain fell, some families in public housing started finding themselves in a bind. Montgomery tells us she was at work when she got the call, but when she got home, it was too late.

“The only thing I saw was water everywhere,” she said.

While she drove around her neighborhood, water began to flow into every inch of the car, making it to the cupholders.

“It knocked the alarm on in the vehicle,” said Montgomery.

She says she tried to move the cars, but the water was too high. When the rain stopped, she took a pot from her home to scoop out the water.

Montgomery did not realize the extent of the damage to her cars until she tried to start them.

“When I got in, I put my feet on the seats, and I tried to go around each way the seats started ripping,” she said.

Not only did her car not start, but neither did her next-door neighbors. When it did turn on, it wouldn’t stop smoking. Since flooding has happened before, neighbors say this could be an issue with the storm drains, but it’s never been this severe.

“It got to be something dealing with the drain because, after so much water, you will see it stop,” she said.

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