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Rain Causes Flooding Problems in Blythe

Rain Causes Flooding Problems in Blythe

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Blythe, GA - We saw a lot of rain this past weekend, and when the clouds roll in the Whitledge family rolls out.  The rain is not only a nuisance, but makes functioning even inside their home almost impossible. Shane Whitledge said he’s done what he can, but it’s now time for the state to step in and fix the problem.

Shane Whitledge is used to strapping on his waterproof boots almost every day. He's been dealing with a flooded property for almost 14 years, and this weekend was no different.

"We can't use our facilities, no bathrooms, no showers because it saturates the ground so bad being on the septic tank system, the water has nowhere to go," said Whitledge.

Whitledge has been working day in and day out with the county and the state for the past year to get a proper drainage system.

"I have spent thousands of dollars in the past of my own money and tried to get this land to where it would flow right, but it was all just for a lost cause," said Whitledge

  Every time it heavily rains water flows in from all parts of the property creating a flood of water more than 4 feet tall that lasts up to 3 days.

"The water sits so long that it has caused my land to compact, and there are areas of my land that is 2 feet lower than where I had them at just 2 years ago," said Whitledge.

Whitledge said the county has tried to help him with the problem, but the highway he lives on falls under the state’s Department of Transportation.  

He said the Department of Transportation did come out to his property back in August and said they would come out and fix it, but nothing has been done.

"Even after they do come and they fix the problem going somewhere, I still have the issue of trying to fix my land again that I have done on numerous occasions," said Whitledge.

After losing countless items in the water including his children's bikes and dune buggies, as well as his air conditioning unit, he wants an answer to the problem.

"I shouldn't have to live like this where I'm at right now, and I've had enough," said Whitledge.

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