FLOOD

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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.

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