Potato Creek was well out of its banks at the Highway 18 West bridge Wednesday morning.
Nearly 36 hours of continuous rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane ida, pushed Potato Creek well out of its banks and caused the failure of at least one Lamar County dam.
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#1 GM on 11/11/09 at 04:41 PM
How about more pics in the area.
#2 Sandra Bray on 11/11/09 at 04:49 PM
We're in North Lamar, and my rain gauge is full, over 5 inches.
#3 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 05:20 PM
Our rain gauge goes to 5 inches and it ran over.. so not sure how much we got. we are off Johnsonville rd..
#4 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 07:12 PM
I would like to know why the county doesn't feel they need to warn people around the closed bridges that conditions are getting that bad. I live on Grape Creek Rd in Milner. Sometime in the early morning hours the county closed my road because Grape Creek had gone over its banks. I live on the creek and didn't know that it was flooding that bad till I got up this morning and had a inch on water inside my car!
#5 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 07:20 PM
I want to know why they did not close Turner Bridge road....There have been two busses to almost end up in the ditch...The County needs to check all the roads not just the ones covered on water or the ones people call about..Come on people lets think about our kids to...
#6 cake buddy on 11/11/09 at 07:48 PM
this is going towards Pike County right
#7 whine on 11/11/09 at 08:08 PM
Why does everyone want to depend on the government for everything and blame them when poor personal decisions affect their personal property. It rained all day. If you live near a creek you should be keeping an eye on your own property. I hate to sound mean, but everyone needs to depend on themselves and not the government. Times will continue to get worse if you depend on the government for everything.
#8 abc on 11/11/09 at 08:13 PM
#4 if you cant figure out that its been raining for 36 hrs and you live next to a creek then you deserve what you got. they tell people all the time on the news, radio, news paper about this stuff wake up!!
#9 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 08:23 PM
I want to know why it's the counties responsibility to look after you. It was a much better time when we took care of ourselves. You know, if I lived by the creek and knew it has been raining all day with the amount of rain we have had, I think I would have found a better place to park. I also wouldn't expect the county to be able to tell me "hey, the creek is going to flood next week and run over the bridge. Just thought we would warn you we will be shutting down this road". It's called an EMERGENCY. That means it happens without warning. The county did right by closing the bridges. Otherwise, you would probably see the creek going across the top of it and decide to drive through it and end up in the creek. I think you and everyone else needs to remember or learn to take care of yourselves.
#10 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 08:28 PM
Can't you dumb a$$e$ figure out the roads are bad and creeks are flooded from all the rain or do you need the government to tell you that too. I guess some foks have just become so dependent on the government they cannot figure simple things out. Also, to the person on Grape Creek Rd. Would you have liked the county workers to come knock on your door at 4am and wake you up to say the creek is rising? I mean come on now!
#11 Anonymous on 11/11/09 at 09:58 PM
I told you. Hard rain. 36 hours.
#12 ChuckB on 11/12/09 at 04:49 AM
these people are absolutely correct,and if #4 is waiting,or depending on the government to tell them to use their common sense, then they will always be a day late and a dollar short. If you wait on the government to tell you what you should do,then this will happen to you again and again and again,,,,,get the message?
#13 anonymous on 11/12/09 at 06:30 AM
ok, let's be politically correct and make sure you are not inconvenienced and tell the county to send you a note with a pretty red rose on it saying, "I hope this does not trouble you, but for your SAFETY we are closing your bridge, is that ok with you?" All of us other citizens want to make sure you are a happy citizen! (People amaze me anymore)
#14 Price on 11/12/09 at 08:45 AM
I think that all of the people that responded to the person that had their car flooded would not write what they did if it was their car that was ruined! What compassion you have. My first question would be, has this been a problem in the past and has the county checked to see why flooding is a problem with this bridge and also the safety of the bridge if it is an ongoing problem. I do not think it would be an unusual to expect the county to contact people who would be affected by a flooded bridge closing if this was the first time, if not then they need to find out the problem if it happens every time we have heavy rain. It is a shame that so many of the posts try to portray all people that complain about the local government as "welfare abusers or hicks", have you ever thought that maybe the person on grape creek is not on government assistance, pays their taxes and expect something for them!
#15 Anonymous on 11/12/09 at 09:11 AM
also tell the government to stop telling us when the swine flu is coming....stop telling us when a sex offender is living on our street...stop telling us when a cafe fails its inspection....and stop helping us pick a health care supplement for medicare
#16 Anonymous on 11/12/09 at 11:12 AM
And they lost #13. It over. No swine flu.
#17 ANONYMOUS on 11/12/09 at 11:55 AM
ALL the news channels and the Weather Channel warned everyone at least 3 days prior to the storms coming in that we were going to have flooding. How much more warning do you need?
#18 Anonymous on 11/12/09 at 01:34 PM
When I read this, I recalled the flooding a few weeks ago and the little child that was washed away and killed in a swelling creek that arose as his family was sleeping. I think if a fire, flood, or other disaster threatens a person's home during nighttime hours, it is a moral responsibility for someone to awaken those people and let them know. Mother Nature can be furious, fast, and sneaky. Kind of like a lot of folks on here.
#19 Anonymous on 11/12/09 at 03:18 PM
no.... I would have moved my car sooner.
#20 Anonymous on 11/12/09 at 03:43 PM
It was my car that was flooded and for your information I have lived on this creek for years and I have seen it flood many times. And I did check my yard before I went to bed and it was fine. I also checked the weather and they said the rain would be ending so I went to sleep like all of you. But at some point during the night the creek did come over its banks and the county knew and closed the road all I wanted was for them to let me know it had gotten that bad while I slept. I do think the county should notify people of danger if they are aware. I was lucky it was only my car and not my house! If a brush fire had been coming my way they would've told me... whats the difference?
#21 yarddog on 11/12/09 at 04:59 PM
I got 7.7 inches of rain in southeast Lamar.I don't know what most of these are talking about on this subject.Anybody know a good deal on some gravel.I think most of mine went to Upson Co. Teusday night.
#22 Anonymous on 11/13/09 at 03:14 PM
Heck I live on Perkins and I didn't know anything about it being closed. No wonder it's been so quiet. The one people really need to watch is the bridge on Cannafax Rd. A hole has appeared in the road at that bridge at least 3 times in the last 6 months or so. The county's answer is to pile more tar and gravel on every time. Crossing that bridge is like jumping a speed bump already and the hole is back again. I'm waiting for the road to collapse there. It can't be far away.
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