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Woman says she lost almost everything in Wayne County flash flood

5:11 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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JESUP, Ga. -- At least 25 homes had six inches to a foot of water inside after a flash flood in Wayne County on Monday night.

Adlene Johnson said she was making her way back home during the storm and thought she'd be safe when she got inside, but the water began to move quickly.

"I almost panicked and I called my grandson. By the time by I called him, it was already by, past our ankles in the house. It was flowing like a river," said Johnson.

Johnson's living room is bare, her carpet drenched and her curtains showing the evidence at least one foot of water flowed into her home.

"It's terrible. Maybe I can salvage some things I don't know, but I know it's going to be okay," said Johnson.

The moment was a scary one for Johnson, who said her husband is bedridden. She's lived in the home for over 20 years and in a few minutes, she had to get help for her husband and try to save what she could.

"The waters just came in. They were so quick and if it would have been worse, I probably would not have been able to get my husband out of the house on time," said Johnson.

Johnson does not have flood insurance. She says her air conditioning has stopped working. Her friends and neighbors helped her remove the water and move her furniture out of the house. She and her husband now have to stay with family till they figure out the next step.

"I don't know where to go from here. Just going to take one second at a time," added Johnson.

The Red Cross visited families on Pinebloom Drive this afternoon to assess the damage and offer assistance. The Emergency Management Agency said help is limited for those without flood insurance unless a state of emergency is declared. First for you, flooding can cause health risks. Here are a few ways to stay safe:

1) Don't drive into standing water; find an alternate route.
2) If your home is flooded, evacuate until the waters recede.
3) If you think your well water is contaminated, do not drink or use it.
4) Eliminate any standing water to avoid mosquito breeding grounds.

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