Parts of Wilkes County dealing with major flooding issues
Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
WILKES COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Emergency officials say parts of Wilkes County are closed off following flooding issues there.
Authorities say the following roads are closed:
-Happy Hollow Road
-Norman Road NE
-Maxwell Mill Road
Rocker Road was completely washed out earlier Monday. EMA officials say a driver was going down the road when it caved in and she fell 30 feet down into the water. She was taken to the hospital with minimal injuries.
As the rain poured Monday morning, the roads, bridges, and homes turned into rivers.
"We probably had 4 or 5 feet over this road, higher than me right now," Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thompson said. "It came across and couldn't take the force of the water that's why it was separated right here."
The floods washed up massive drain pipes on Rocker Road. On Happy Hollow Road, cows were left drenched and muddy.
"The biggest thing, we can replace this, but we can't replace someone's life," Thompson said. "Thank God she was in good hands this morning."
Homes along Lincolnton Road were also flooded.
"It was smacking really heavy because that's a metal roof and you could hear it. We have 3 to 8 inches in my gauges this morning," resident Charles Carnes said.
Carnes says he woke up to a pool on his front lawn. While the water didn't make it inside his home, clean-up won't be easy.
Wilkes County EMA is urging residents to turn around from any potentially flooded area and do not attempt to traverse it.
You're also being asked to report any flooded road or bridge to 911.