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Screven County Pond Dam Bursts

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Update: The Screven County Emergency Management Director, Harvey Cryder, said the Department of Transportation will continue to block off the roads that have been washed away by the water which includes a stretch of Highway 17 closed from Cooperville to Rocky Ford. No one had to be evacuated. Part of the railroad nearby was also damaged but is in the process of getting repaired. Cryder said the 80 acre pond that had the dam is almost completely drained of water.


The Screven County dam located at Herbert Jacobs Pond which is near highway 17 and Rocky Ford Road burst around 11 p.m. The Screven County Emergency Management Director, Harvey Cryder, said water is starting to flow onto Highway 17. The roadway has been blocked off by the Department of Transportation. Cryder also told nearby neighbors earlier Saturday to start gathering up their valuables in case the area needed to be evacuated

"Highway 17 could be flooded, washed out, and the railroad tracks is about a half a mile outside of that, and then the other problem is this water going to the Ogeechee River which is already high," said Cryder.

The dam was expected to fail this evening after a pipe was having problems filtering all the water from the recent storms.

The owner of the pond where the dam is built said it was constructed in the late 70's and he's never had a problem like this before. Herbert Jacobs was very emotional as he and others kept watch over the area hoping for the best earlier Saturday.

"I feel like I'm responsible for it. It was built by specifications but it's mother nature I reckon," said Jacobs.

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