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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.

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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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