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Homes, roads damaged after Monday deluge
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Statesboro Police drive through the flooded parking lot Monday at Fair Road Apartments near the CVS Pharmacy. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Despite torrential rains Monday that flooded roads and homes throughout Statesboro and Bulloch County, only one person took advantage of a shelter provided by the American Red Cross, set up at a local church.

“We only had one citizen show up at (Statesboro) First Baptist Church last night, so we closed the shelter, and the Red Cross worked with that person and is getting them taken care of,” Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said Tuesday.

In the aftermath of more than 4 inches of rainfall, mostly within two hours’ time and around the Statesboro area, the main damage from the deluge consisted of damaged dirt roads, six of which were still closed Tuesday morning, and low-lying apartment complexes and homes suffering minor flooding.

“The (Bulloch County Chapter of the American) Red Cross has been doing an assessment throughout the day in areas that were flooded, like apartments,” Wynn said. They were “trying to get a feel for how many people might need assistance” after the floods.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the Statesboro area until 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. While some rainfall was reported Tuesday and Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies reported via emergency radio that some areas near creeks continued to flood, with water over the road, no major flooding occurred Tuesday.

However, “The roads that have given us the most trouble continue to cause problems,” Wynn said.” I would advise people to not drive through standing water, which they don’t know how deep it is. The ground is saturated, and a heavy rainfall will cause water to accumulate before it can run off.”

As of Tuesday evening, John Proctor and R. L. Lee roads remained closed.

Roads reopened, but that had been closed Monday, included Holloway Lane at Kennedy Bridge, Buck Creek, Colfax Road at Lester Fordham, Billy Mikell, Westside at Banks Dairy, Country Club Road at Irongate subdivision; Old Portal at Ponderosa, and Eugene Deal Road, where a pond dam broke.

Also, Pulaski Road at Westover subdivision, Hodges Circle, Zetterower Road, and West Jones Avenue in Statesboro were reopened Tuesday.

Wynn said residents suffering property damage should contact his office, Bulloch County Public Safety, at (912) 489-1661, so the county can compile a complete list.

Bulloch County Schools spokeswoman and marketing specialist Hayley Greene said the weather caused problems for some school bus drivers, but schools did not close.

“As the rain began to fall again this afternoon, conditions worsened quickly,” she said Tuesday. “We did not have any buses stuck during the high school run, but we had numerous drivers in the Nevils, Brooklet, Langston and Julia P. Bryant zone routes call in to say that water had begun to run over the roads.

“Continued rains will create really bad conditions in some areas for the Wednesday morning runs,” she said. “Some of the drivers are attempting to contact parents in those areas about meeting them at locations away from the traditional bus stops that are on higher and dryer ground.”

One bus in the Stilson area bogged down “for a few minutes, but (the driver) worked her way out,” Greene said. “There are still a few roads closed by (Bulloch County Public Safety) that we cannot get down but other than that things went” well Tuesday afternoon.

A gas leak at Southeast Bulloch Middle School Monday night “was not weather-related. It was a worn out regulator. The gas was turned off,” she said.

There was minor water damage at the William James Middle School gym, the Board of Education central office on Williams Road, and the Auxiliary Services Building (School Nutrition), Greene said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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