Created: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:36:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:07:05 EST
A completely different sight over the last 24 hours for Cochran. There were some signs of heavy flooding as the city's drainage system was able to catch up after a parade of heavy rain. That wasn't the case Monday, saturated grounds left the water no where to go but up.
Michael Carr of Cochran shared his homemade video with WGXA as he drove around the water stricken city. East Dykes Street near the city's downtown area seemed to get the worst of it.
"Sudden flooding, probably within an hour this whole area was flooded," said fellow resident Hampton Jones.
Jones says the last time he saw flooding like this was in Albany in 1994. He described it as terrifying.
"A lot of people, local people standing around wondering if the water was going to rise," he said. "They were feeling threatened for their own homes."
Cars were trapped in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot for fear of getting stuck in the high water. Those who dared, tread slowly.
Front lawns were lakes and ponds. Some homeowners made the most of it, tubing on the rushing water as it sloped down the slopes of their lawn.
The city's drainage creeks overflowed.
"It never gets this high," said Carr as videotaped from his phone.
Tuesday the creek subsided some but residents said it was still pretty high. Leftover debris lines the banks and customers looking to eat fresh at Subway were turned away as owners work to remove about 3 inches of fresh water from its dining area. The restaurant is expected to open on Wednesday.
A year ago central Georgia was begging for rain as it was dealing with exceptional drought. We got what we asked for and then some.
"We're hoping for a balance," said Jones.
Flood watches will remain in effect but forecasters are expecting a drier forecast heading into the weekend.
Upson and Telfair Counties also had issues with flooding on Monday. Telfair County cancelled school for Tuesday due to hazardous driving conditions, they are expected to resume on Wednesday.
Upson County Emergency Management Director said the county received over 5 inches of rain on Monday alone. Several roads were closed Monday night but they were reopened on Tuesday.