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Numerous area roads closed due to flooding, damage

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 7:11 pm | Updated: 7:12 pm, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

Several Houston County roads were closed indefinitely and more than 45 Geneva County roads remained closed Monday evening due to torrential rainfall that started Sunday night and lasted throughout much of Monday.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla., estimated more than 11 inches of rain in Geneva County and between 7 and 9 inches in Houston County, and those numbers could increase with more rain Tuesday.

Many area roads were covered with water, but others suffered more significant damage.

Geneva County Engineer Justin Barfield said he has “no doubt” the damage suffered in Geneva County will total more than $1 million.

According to Barfield, this week’s flooding matches the flooding the county faced in March 2009.

It has taken the county years to fully recover from that flood and now, Barfield said, it’s back to square one.

Houston County Emergency Management Agency Director Clark Matthews said the storm caused widespread road flooding across Houston County and left more than 30 roads nearly impassable Monday morning.

“It’s mostly just road floodings and some houses are flooded too,” Matthews said.

Geneva County EMA Director Margaret Mixon said about eight feet of water filled Wiregrass Hospital’s basement Monday morning.

However, workers were able to pump and manage the water, so it didn’t reach the hospital itself.

Houston County EMA Director Clark Matthews said in a statement the continuing storms could include threats of isolated thunderstorms over the next couple of days with possible damaging winds and isolated threats of tornadoes.

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