Governor Kemp Tours Summerville Flood Damage

Summerville, GA (WDEF) – Wednesday morning in Summerville, Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp toured the areas that he declared to be in a state of emergency on Monday after they received 12 plus inches of rain in the 24 hour period in an event that the National Weather Service is calling a 500 year flood.
“I know this has been, you know, tough economically for this community and tough on their families. You know, kids are not in the classroom right now, because we don’t have water availability in the schools. And obviously, parents are dealing with bigger issues right now. Many of the downtown businesses got devastating flooding and water damage that they’re dealing with,” said Kemp. “I mean our main concern is making sure we’re keeping water for individuals that need it so that and get meals to them so they can survive and also get the water turned back on and then we’ll continue evaluations and the other processes that come every resource that we have available in state government we have been here and we’re not going anywhere we’re gonna hang in there as long as everybody needs us and we’ll do what we can do.”

Heather Casey is the owner of local decor shop, Dirt Design and Decor and a local bakery. She said her store saw 30 inches of rain and over $200,000 in damages.

“I don’t know how to recover from this. financially. I mean, you look at it and you say, in order for me to open my doors back up, I’ve got to buy new restaurant equipment again that I’m likely still paying on to begin with,” said Casey.

Chris Tuggle with the City of Somerville Wastewater Management said it is his professional opinion. Water could be running again by Friday.

“We may be able to get some source of water backup and go on at the water treatment facility. They’re telling me by Friday, hopefully fingers crossed. Lord knows we need it. We need all the prayers and the help we can get. But we’ve got such an outpouring of support and help from so many different sources. It’s just been amazing,” said Tuggle.

Local resident Nicole Mooney said the lack of water has been her biggest struggle.

“I mean, our main concern is making sure we’re keeping water for individuals that need it so that and get meals to them so they can survive. It’s just you know,
the lack of water is tough. It’s tough. I’ve got you know, kids and dogs at home and it’s just a lot, right now,” said Mooney.

The superintendent of Chattanooga county school says he is not sure when students will be back in the classroom, but he predicts it could be the first of next week. There is no official word on when the water will resume running.

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