The floods of September took its toll on many homes in Chattooga County and along with over 80 homes damaged, the only railroad that runs to Chattooga County was damaged as well.
The Chattooga & Chickamaga Railroad is a vital part of both tourism and industry in Chattooga County. Many have said that the annual fall events in Summerville were adversely affected by the damgaged railway not being able to bring in tourists to Chattooga County.
Along with tourism, local industry also relies on the railroad. Mt. Vernon Mills in Trion receives starch via the Chattooga and Chickamauga Railrod. Right now there are four tanker cars of starch stranded that can’t be delivered to the mill. In the meantime, the mill has had it’s starch brought by railway to Chattanooga and then trucked to Trion.
The Chattooga & Chickamauga railroad uses a rail bed that is owned by the State of Georgia, but so far money has not been forthcoming for the needed repairs to run the rail cars. So the C&C is taking matters into their own hands and repairing the railroad so trains can begin to roll once again.
State Senator Jeff Mullis, the chairman of the State Senate Transportation Committee, who represents Chattooga County told the Chattanooga Times Free Press over the weekend that "money would not be quick" coming from FEMA for the repairs.
The Chattooga & Chickamauga Railroad is going to make the needed repairs in hopes that they will be reimbursed by federal or state funds.
(Information for this article came from The Chattanooga Times Free Press – Click Here to read the full story: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/nov/15/flood-damaged-track-blocking-freight-tourists/ )