Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Great Atlanta Flood

Much of my old stomping grounds -- Lithia Springs, Austell, Mableton -- was devastated by this week's flood. Obi's Sister lives there and reports via e-mail:
We had some basement flooding - we're at almost the highest elevation in the county, too. The backyard is ruined - a drainage ditch broke through and washed and washed and washed. The water mark on the garage doors was about 6". But compared to what others have been through, I'm not complaining one bit. School's been out for the entire week. The water has to be boiled - no idea when water will be ok again. I-20 was closed because Sweetwater Creek crested at 30' (yes, that's thirty feet). The devastation is just unbelievable.
Thirty feet! My goodness, I've seen that creek so low you could hop across it, rock to rock, down by the Manchester Mill ruins. I hope the old mill wasn't destroyed. But she says:
try to look on the bright side - at least now we know the drought is over.
Obi's Sister has the photo and reports the statewide damage is estimated at $250 million.

The latest? They've re-routed I-20 traffic through Newnan!


  1. Thanks for the link. It is all so heartbreaking. This weekend I'll try to get around and see what's left. The ruins are on my list, along with Frog Rock.

    The reroutings have boxed us in so badly the grocery store a mile away is a 30 minute trip. Tomorrow will be better!

  2. The drought over? Not really.
    Flooding like that means the ground cannot percolate the water to the water table fast enough. Immediate fire dangere is done, but the rain needs to come no faster than the ground can percolate it.

    That's why a desert can still have thirty inches of precipitation - it all occurs at once.

  3. Charles Johnson, Dark Lord of the BlogosphereThu Sep 24, 08:01:00 PM

    This is payment for your collective racist white supremacist sins, first drought, then flood, then probably FEMA. You brought this on yourselves. Especially you R.S. McCain.

    No it is not god, there is no god, other than me. You think Sherman was bad? Wait till my bike riding wookies lizoids arise from the mud, like Kilgore Trout, Cato the Elder, and Sharmuta.

  4. Douglasville in the HOUZE!!! And we are proud that Stacy is reppin' the Westside :)