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Emergency Responders Swamped In Rain

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One Richmond County program has proven to be extremely helpful with all of this wet weather.  The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency has been working 24-7 to get emergency alerts out to its citizens. WJBF's News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has more.


This is what most of Richmond County looks like along the Savannah River. Many areas are under water.


Resident, Billy Wilson says, "It's been the late 80's since I have seen it like this, and before that I was a little guy when the first flood came through. It's probably about the highest I have seen it."


The Community Emergency response teams have been increasing their efforts to alert citizens before accidents happen in their neighborhood. Through text messages and email they can  tell people in Augusta exactly when and where flood waters or other emergencies will hit.


Richmond County Fire Chief, Christopher James explains, "It's a way that we can reach out to citizens that they are most comfortable receiving information through their cell phones. It's very important that we move to this, to that we can notify citizens in a way that they would not typically receive their notifications."


Courtney Elledge reporting, "Citizens say the Community Emergency Response Team has been most effective during recent events like this, the massive flooding affecting Richmond County."


James says, "For the last month, because of the rain we've been notifying the entire county, because we've had issues throughout the county, we've had issues with Rae's Creek, Butler Creek, We're watching Spirit Creek.


The early notification system is putting citizens mind's at ease. Even medical students say they'll  know whether it's safe to drive to class or not.


One way is by telling people which route is the safest to drive when flooding is expected.


Wilson says, "I travel all over, I used to work down in Burke County, coming home you know you get updates. If I have to re-route and find another way home, you're talking about an average of 35 miles back here to Richmond. So yeah, absolutely it helps.


Click here to see how you can enroll http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?nid=1443.





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