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Rain washes away roads, floods homes in Hall County

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Heavy rain over the weekend caused flooding, washed out roads and downed trees across metro Atlanta.

After about 7.5 inches of rain fell in six hours, overflowing the banks of Flowery Branch Creek.

Anna Alba said that when the water started rising, she and her family had to swim out of their East Main Street home.

"I just started seeing all the water coming in, and then, we opened door, all the water came in at us," said Alba.

The 10th grader says she was terrified and afraid that some of her family members wouldn't make it.

"We all started holding hands. My mom was like, ‘Don't let go. Don't let go,'' Alba said.

Alba said that her family lost everything in the flood.

"Even though everybody is OK and God saved us all, but I'm so heartbroken seeing your own house, your own stuff – everything destroyed. It's sad to see it all just destroyed," said Alba.

Flowery Branch's mayor said a fund is being created to aid the Alba family. For more information, send an email to mikemfb@flowerybranchga.org

‘I PANICKED'

Darlene Bales agonized about what to do as murky rain runoff took over her yard and then her porch in Hall County.

"I don't know how to swim. So I panicked. I closed the door I didn't know what to do," Bales said.

Darlene's son, Joey Goodrich, said that she grabbed on to his bow target that happened to be floating by and used it to paddle to safety.  

"She was pretty tore up about it. She almost died," Joey said.

Nearly everything inside and out of the home was ruined by water.

"It's very powerful. It picked up that truck, picked up the car, basically picked up everything we have in the building and threw it around. When I opened the door, everything was sitting on top of each other," Goodrich said.

ROADS CLOSED AS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT BEGINS

Several roadways in Flowery Branch remained closed late Monday. City crews said they were monitoring sinkholes and waiting for everything to settle.

County officials said they have two contractors drawing up plans and bids to repair Stephens Road, which was washed away by the water.

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