Weekend storms result in flooding, mudslide
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#1 May 21, 2013
Upon waking up Sunday morning and discovering no power to be found, my husband and I headed for Loretta's to enjoy their hospitality and hot coffee. My husband is Director of Education at ICT in Gainesville and travels Stephens Road every day to school from our home in Oak Hill Subdivision, where a tree had fallen and pulled down some wires. We thought it a local problem and sought lights and coffee! On the way down Stephens, it was getting towards 7am and light enough to see. As we crossed the bridge, I glanced to the right and there was nothing there but water...no road to be seen. I told Bob to get over quickly and he veered to the left and when I told him the road was gone, he said that must be why the truck was parked there and someone was walking down the road. We went on, found Loretta's closed and stopped at a local gas station for coffee and decided to go to Gainesville, arriving back at around 8:30am. We headed back down Stephens and again dodged the broken pavement, thinking it must be okay because no sign was posted, but could tell more pavement was missing and this time I was terrified it would break before we could get across this time. Each time I see the pictures on television, I thank God the road held twice for us to pass. I don't know the timeframe of when it finally fell, but it was close enough to those numbers to know it must have happened soon after because they had closed the road from one end to the other. I can only imagine what might have happened in those few moments twice crossing the same path. I hope all who have experienced devastation during this flooding period will know that it could have been worse, though I'm sure they find that hard to believe!! May they have a quick recovery and know a loving Hand covers many lives. Take care people of Flowery Branch. Carol Faver
#2 May 28, 2013
whole dern place should have flooded! git the drugs out
#3 Jun 7, 2013
This is bad, but yes could have been worse.
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