Flooding in North Georgia

The rain did not abate for days and days. Terrible flooding swelled up in Atlanta and all around Chattanooga, especially in East Ridge and north Georgia. Monday I spent the day chasing flooding and its consequences. It was very sad by the end. Two boys fell into a flooded field while wrestling and playing just yards in front of their parents. The younger boy was rescued, but the second boy’s body was found the following morning. It was really tragic and upsetting. I arrived in Frogtown as they were pulling the rescued boy from the water and got a few frames of them taking him to medical care. We stuck around for a little while in hopes that the second teenager would be found, but eventually had to head back to make deadline.

The day started in Chickamauga where they had evacuated a mobile home park by boat the night before. I wasn’t there for the action, just the last few rescue workers heading out to what would be the beginning of a few very long, very busy days.

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I then went to Covenant College on Lookout Mountain where they had a mudslide earlier that morning.

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Then back to North Georgia where an apartment complex was flooded.

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Trion was hit really bad, as both Chickamauga and La Fayette’s overflowing creeks contribute to the flooding of the Chattooga River that runs through Trion. Rescue workers were going door-to-door letting residents know that they should evacuate now rather than wait for the weather to get worse. Their backyards and neighbors’ homes were already flooded.

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Most decided to go to local churches that had volunteered to take in the evacuees.

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The river was flooding, the earthen levy was already overtaken by water and the 40-year-old dike was being doubted.

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Searching and Rescuing the teenage boys in Frogtown, Ga.

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