Elderly North Georgia woman rescued from flood waters
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
MURRAY COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- Eva Morgan looks at her mother's property in disbelief Monday.
The day before rescue crews saved her mother, Clenis Baggit, and her dogs by boat from rising flood waters.
"This is not something that needs to be happening to a 79-year-old woman," Morgan says.
She says it's not the first time her mother had to be rescued by boat.
"She's had to be rescued at least one time every two years since she's been here, and she's been here ever since 2000," says Morgan.
She says the company who sold her mother the property promised it didn't have any problems.
"They told her that it did not flood, I was there with her and my dad when they bought it," Morgan says.
Ever since then they've been asking the county for help, specifically dirt to help block flood waters from the nearby creek.
"Nobody does nothing. All I'm asking for is a little help for my mom. She's not going to be around much longer, but I don't want to see her walking in crap," Morgan explains.
Eton Police Chief Brent Hooper says he's visited the property several times over the years due to flooding although its technically in Murray County.
"It comes out of the mountain up here and it's so much water. It comes down through here, just no where for it to go," Hooper says.
A couple years ago he says the Corps of Engineers surveyed the low lying areas; they told officials the debris and trees from both sides of the nearby creek needed to be cleared. However, that never happened.
"It was a big expense, I know that, very big," says Hooper.
Baggit's family says moving may not be an option.
"My dad died here, my mom really don't want to get rid of the place," says Morgan.
However, finding a way to stop the flooding will be difficult.
"I really don't know if there's an answer for it," Hooper explains.
Channel 3 spoke to Murray County Public Works Director Mike Elrod. He says he is aware of the flooding in that area and would be willing to help Baggit once he assessed the property.
"We need help, any help we could get from anybody would be greatly appreciated," Morgan says.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:09:31 GMT
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