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cok_and_dlb_feed_the_hungry_smallGood Deeds International (GDI), LLC offers aide to the Georgia victims of the major flooding tragedy that took place in the Atlanta and surrounding areas the weekend of September 18, 2009.  GDI’s President Donald Blount and Vice President Cora Stovall O’Kelley delivered bottled water and other sundry items to Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry main headquarters located in Southwest Atlanta.  While there, they witnessed a constant trail of cars and people in and out bringing donations to help our fellow Georgians.  It was so rewarding to see the outpouring of support from Atlantans and GDI was proud to be a part of this restoration effort.  When one of us hurts, we all hurt.  We can never imagine the devastation of such a disaster but our hearts go out to these families and we will continually pray for them and offer whatever assistance possible.

Heavy rains caused major flooding and damage across metro Atlanta. This deadly flood that caught the Atlanta area and the state by surprise.

Atlanta officials have increased their estimate to 500 homes and businesses damaged in the storms. Damage is estimated to be at least $61 million

 

The American Red Cross of Atlanta reported 421 people staying in its six shelters on Tuesday night.

 

On Wednesday, September 23, the death toll in the Atlanta area floods remained at nine as the region began its recovery.

 

In addition to the I-285 closures, 85 roads were closed throughout Cobb County alone as of 1:20 p.m. due to flooding of the Chattahoochee River and its many tributaries there. Crews were working to clear downed trees and repair washed-out culverts that caused the roads to close. Overnight Monday to Tuesday, the number of closed roads stood at about 210, Cobb County officials said. Those roads still closed early Tuesday afternoon included County Line Road at Morris Hill Road, Powder Springs Road at Forest Hill Road, and Hiram-Lithia Springs Road.

 

Atlanta Watershed Management Commissioner Rob Hunter told reporters that the plant sustained "tens of millions of dollars of damage." Hunter said the wastewater treatment plant, which he said is the largest in the Southeast, has pumps to remove flood water. But in this case, the pumps couldn't withstand what Hunter described as "unprecedented flood levels" from the river. The commissioner said the damage to the plant won't impact the city's drinking water and said it should not damage water flowing from the river.

 

gdi_and_hd_smallAtlanta sewer system broke down and was dumping raw sewage into the Chattahoochee River.

 

Firefighters continued to respond to flooding and weather related incidents. There have been multiple reports of people being rescued from fast-rising flood waters by firefighters and police officers. Four police officers along with the occupant of a house on Camp Creek Road in Lilburn had to be rescued by firefighters. The officers had responded to assist the occupant when they themselves were caught in the rising waters. The officers and the occupant were removed to a safe area and were assessed for minor complaints of hypothermia. All were released at the scene and were not transported. The occupants two dogs did not survive.

 

Not everyone said "thank you" after being rescued from raging flood waters earlier this week.  They couldn't. But the dogs, cats and birds pulled to safety are surely grateful for the human heroics.  In Cobb County, dozens of animals were rescued by animal control by volunteers in boats. More than 50 were rescued on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Even large animals needed help.  In Carroll County, one woman lost three horses, according to  David Padgett at the county's shelter. One horse was  alive, one horse did not survive, and one is still missing, he said.

 

"People were being removed from their houses by boat without being able to get their dogs," said Tom Flynn, field operations manager for Cobb County Animal Control. "They didn't have time to get the animals."

 

So, volunteers went back to the homes in boats and rescued the distressed pets, Flynn said.

 

Many owners have reclaimed their pets. But others, such as those living in temporary shelters or hotels, are unable to fetch Fido or Fluffy.

 

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency in the wake of near-record flooding in the state.

 

Though some areas south of the city experienced steady rain earlier in Friday evening, most of the metro area remained dry Friday night.

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