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Georgia man’s home saved from flooding caused by backed up pipe

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WASHINGTON — A homeowner in Wilkes County’s home was saved from massive flooding thanks to quick work by county and Georgia Department of Transportation officials.

Last Thursday, Wilkes County foreman Wade Mayo received a flood alert call from a frantic resident who lives off US 378/Lincolnton Road in Washington.

Mayo found a stopped up pipe off state right of way.

“Through courthouse records, we eventually confirmed this pipe resting on private property, but on Feb. 6 we wanted to help as much as possible,” GDOT said in a post on its Facebook page.

The Washington property began to flood heavily, and the local crew flew to action. GDOT staff made a call to the City of Washington personnel to get a sewer cleaner to help clean the pipe.

Crews stayed in the wind and rain from 3:30 to 11 p.m. to ensure clearance of obstructions and the water recession. The property owner was grateful for the extra work put in to help save his home from flood damage.

Below is a photo taken of the property after the waters receded.

Thom Chandler
Thom Chandler is the editor of The Georgia Sun and has been writing, editing and managing websites and blogs since 1995. He is a lifelong Georgian and one of those increasingly rare Atlanta natives.

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