reroute buses accordingly,” she said.
Also closed is Cook Road between Mt. Tabor and Bald Rock, Almon Church Road, Crowell Road from Interstate 20 to Brown Bridge Road, King Bostick Road at Channing Cope, Ga. Highway 138 from the Rockdale County line to Ga. Highway 81 north in Walnut Grove to through traffic, Lower River Road at Stewart Road, Brown Bridge Road from Ram Drive to the Covington city limits, both sections of Harold Dobbs Road, Sewell Road at the Morgan County line, the dirt portion of Sockwell Road and East Dollar Circle.
A home on Almon Church Road collapsed when the basement wall and the front wall of the home caved in, according to Smith. The basement of that home reportedly had four and a half feet of water in it. According to a press release from Office of Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s office, many victims of the flooding will not be covered unless they had flood insurance on their homes.
“Oxendine said he is concerned that much of the damage may not be covered by insurance, since standard home- owner’s policies do not cover floods,” reads a press release from his office.
There have been no fatalities in Newton County as of press time, though Smith said he has seen people in boats attempting to navigate the raging waters, something he is urging citizens not to attempt.
“The river should be back within its normal limits by Friday if we don’t get any more rain,” said Smith. “Hopefully, as soon as river recedes, we will open the roads back up. But Brown Bridge will be shut down until the water recedes.”
According to the National Weather Service there is a 30 percent chance of rain throughout the night.
The city of Covington has had no incidents caused by inclement weather according to Captain Rob Christopher with the Covington Fire Department.
“At the current time all the reports show that we are in great shape,” he said.