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Flowery Branch remains in state of emergency, braces for rain

11:23 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Back in May the city of Flowery Branch suffered badly when rainstorms caused water levels to rise onto the streets. This time around, the city has declared a state of emergency, and officials are bracing themselves for the next few days of rain.

"I think we're in good shape at this point, but you never know," said the city's mayor, Mike Miller. "It's Mother Nature."

Officials used Thursday's window to install a temporary bridge on Spring Street. The bridge will remain there at least two months.

Roads collapsed after storms in late May. Some residents wound up stuck in their developments; others wound up kayaking through the neighborhood.

At that time, Miller said, "We checked with all the agencies we knew to check with - FEMA, GEMA, the governor's office - and at that point there were no temporary bridges in the state of Georgia we could locate."

This time, city officials got proactive. They commissioned private contractors to make the temporary bridge on a street that dipped several feet during the May storms.

"We have done everything we could possibly do for this rain event," Miller said. "Hopefully the meteorologists are wrong, but we can't take that chance."



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