BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – With more rain in the forecast, emergency management officials in Bulloch County are warning residents along the Ogeechee River of flooding impacts.
In some areas, cars are submerged and water is threatening homes.
Many residents, however, are used to the flooding. For Bruce Mosley, who owns three houses along the river, his front yard typically looks like a small beach.
But this week, he’s been using a boat to get to his home. Mosley said the last time it was this bad was back in the early 90s.
“When Hugo came by and dumped more water in here…it got up a little higher than this,” he said.
“When the water goes down, we’ll see if any of the foundations have been eroded or anything like that,” Mosley added.
He isn’t alone. Flooding and thick mud have made many roads impassable across the county, causing trouble for residents and first responders.
News 3 is told a Brooklet resident had to be evacuated from his home using special equipment because the water was so high.
“We got one call from a gentleman that stated that he didn’t have any fresh water and wanted to come out,” said Bulloch County Emergency Management Director Ted Wynn. “So we worked with the sheriff’s department and they went in and put in the steel bridge and went in and got him.”
While there are no mandatory evacuation orders in place, the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges residents to make a plan now — and not when an emergency arises.
“They need to understand that 911 emergencies are going to be very delayed in getting to them and if they want to evacuate, we can make that happen,” Wynn explains, “many don’t.”
For some residents, the fear of leaving their homes and the possibility of looting outweighs the call to evacuate.
Still, emergency officials urge residents to stay alert and aware of flooding possibilities near them.
“Stay out of these areas unless you live there, stay off the dirt roads unless you live there or have to be there because traffic is going to continue to deteriorate these roads,” Wynn said.
The river is expected to rise over 16 feet by Tuesday night.
For assistance in an evacuation, call the Bulloch County EMA Office at 912-489-1661 (option 1 communications) or the sheriff’s office at 912-764-8888.