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Bulloch County Flooding

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STATESBORO, GA -

More drenching rains soak parts of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Definitely another wet night for many of you. In Bulloch County, roads were closed, homes flooded, and neighborhoods underwater.

It was very similar to a scene we would see in Savannah. Cars were stalled on roads, and traffic had to be diverted.

I'm told this kind of flooding isn't something Statesboro sees very often. In an attempt to manage damage and keep people safe, police asked drivers to stay put and not to drive unless they absolutely had to. Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened.

"Further up South Main Street we are having problems. On South College Street we have flooding. Johnson Street is flooded," says Statesboro Police officer, Justin Samples.

"I could go on we have a dozen or more that are flooded out."

It's a problem commuters found when they tried to get home from work or school Monday night. Road block after road block made getting around difficult.

Samples tells us, a lot of rain in a short amount of time calls for all hands on deck.

"We have officers from all over the city that came in--off-duty--because they heard the radio traffic. They wanted to help out the other shift that's on duty right now. We not only have the flooding, but we also have to deal with the regular calls of service."

Brannen Road was the worst we've seen so far. Water is not only taking over the street, its encroaching into homes and property.

That's where we found Scotty Lariscy. He was out to meet some friends at a nearby recreation center, but instead of having their gathering in side, the best option was the parking lot.

He says its unlike anything he's seen before.

"I went in to cut the power. There was at least an inch of water when we walked in but now there is four or five by now. I'm sure there is a lot of work to be done."

It's not how he expected to spend his Monday night, but says every cloud has a silver lining.

"Sometimes you ask for the water not to come, but I know the drier days are coming so let's be thankful for whatever we get."

I'm told police will stay out as long as they need to, to make sure roads are safe for motorists tonight. They expect most roads to be clear by morning that is unless more rain comes.

If you find yourself in need of a dry place to sleep tonight, the Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Statesboro First Baptist Church at 108 North Main Street. Doors open at 11: 30 p.m.

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