N. GA bridge washes out, trapping people on other side - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

N. GA bridge washes out, trapping people on other side

Posted: Updated:
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:05:06 GMT
    South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
  • Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:37:17 GMT
    The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
  • Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:05 GMT
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
GILMER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

There is only one way across Clear Creek, on White Oak Drive, and the bridge people used is now gone.

Heavy rains washed out the road in dramatic fashion. Cell phone video, captured by a woman trapped on the other side, shows giant drainage ditches getting washed down the creek. The metal pipe was no match for a creek swollen by 6 to 8 inches of rain.

"They are going to tie a line from one side of the creek, you know for rescue line, in case an emergency was to happen," trapped resident Jonathan Carver said. "If somebody gets hurt, we can get them across."

Carver said he and his neighbors have water and electricity, but with the water running so swiftly, it's impossible to cross. Carver plans to wait through the night, and possibly cross tomorrow.

"We can probably be able to get out tomorrow," Carver said. "We can get a truck and cross the street or get a four wheeler across."

An estimated 20 to 30 people are trapped on the other side of the river, according to Carver.

The fire chief and EMA director for Gilmer County, Tony Pritchett, said this is some of the worst flooding he has seen since Hurricane Ivan, in 2004.

"As far as destroyed, I am not quite clear," Pritchett said.  "As far as an estimate on overall damage, I would say 40 to 50 homes damaged or destroyed."

Pritchett also said 100,000 chickens at Mountain Valley Farms were swept away by the flood.  Water from Clear Creek rushed through their chicken coops, sending them downstream.

Pritchett also said a majority of the homes that were flooded are on Blackberry Mountain Road. 

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency was in Gilmer County on Thursday assessing the damage.

Stay with CBSAtlanta.com for continuing updates on this story.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV(Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow