June 21st, 2021 – 11:30 AM
WZQZ Radio –
(Via WZQZ Radio) Chattooga County’s government, along with the municipal governments of the Town of Trion and the City of Summerville, have issued a joint-emergency declaration after Tropical Storm Claudette stalled out over the area and produced heavy rains that led to the flooding of homes and businesses.
According to Chattooga County EMA /911 Director Pamela Vaughn, “We had a significant flooding event to occur on Saturday night/Sunday morning. There were several homes, apartments, and businesses flooded during this event. We are working on exact streets and addresses of all affected. I am making a list of this for the National Weather Service of all roads, etc. involved in this flooding event.
Vaughn added, “We will be performing damage assessments today so I am working around that too please be patient with me. Also, if you all would share any pictures of the flood you have taken I would greatly appreciate it. The pictures will help document to FEMA to see if we will qualify for any assistance. ”
According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the system stalled over Chattooga County and two other Alabama counties allowing 6-9 inches of total rain accumulation for the area.
Chattooga EMA / 911 is asking that anyone that has flood damage from this event, residential or business, to please call EMA Director Pamela Vaughn, Chattooga County Emergency Management, at 706-857-3400 and choose option 2.
If there is no answer, leave a message with your phone number and name and Chattooga EMA / 911 will get with you in reference to your damages.
EMA /911 Director Vaughn says that this is for preliminary damage assessments to gather information to see if Chattooga County and the municipalities can qualify for assistance with damages.
*Updated: In advance of more expected rain, the City of Summerville began passing out sandbags for homes and businesses.
The city was inundated with around five inches of rain on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, which led to localized flooding in downtown Summerville. The National Weather Service says that the area could see more rain with the next system moving into the area. The following was released by Summerville City Hall on Monday afternoon:
Sandbags will be available to all City of Summerville residents and businesses while supplies last. They can be picked up at the equipment shed on Henry St (behind DFACS). They are available for pick up now. If you have any questions,