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4:24 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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Resident on Pinebloom Drive captures flooding in Jesup.
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  • JESUP, Ga. -- Flooding has damaged more than two dozen homes, causing many families to have to find shelter for the second night in a row. A flash flood remains in effect as more rain is expected during the night.

    "I've been here for like three years and I ain't never saw it get like this," said Jerry Byers, a flood victim.

    About six inches of rainfall in one hour caused a major overflow of drainage systems in parts of Wayne County, damaging at least 25 homes. The county's Emergency Management Agency said some areas of Pinebloom Drive saw flood waters up to four feet deep.

    "And it just flooded that quick or something. More rain than I ever saw before," said Byers.

    Byers said he had little water come inside his home, but at least a foot of water is just standing underneath his home. He said he noticed cracks in the foundation and his shed had at least two to three feet of water with many of his appliances damaged. 

    "On this side it got to the bag right about there. I hate that I left my stereo equipment on the floor," said Byers, pointing to items in his shed.

    Like many residents in the area, Byers does not have flood insurance. The area is not designated as a flood zone. The Emergency Management Agency said four cars were completely submerged in flood waters near Highway 84 and at least five or six or were stranded in the city. No one was injured.

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