The Chattooga County Emergency Management Agency’s Operations Center continues to be open and monitor the flooding situation in all of Chattooga County and actively pursue the rescue of the teen lost in flood waters around Tate Road.

We continue to work with the Town of Trion and City of Summerville to monitor any flooding and water monitoring. With the disapation of most of the storms yesterday afternoon and last night, we were able to continue the rescue effort throughout the night. Crews from all volunteer fire departments, Hayes State Prison, Georgia Forestry and Department of Natural Resources conducted exhaustive searches all night and those searches will continue throughout the day today. At this time safety and rescue is our main concern with damage assessments coming later.

Many county roads will continue to be closed along with several bridges along state routes. As soon as the waters receed Georgia Department of Transportation will conduct inspections of the bridges along US 27 and they will be reopened as soon as possible.

Approximately 50 people were helped at the emergency shelter set up by the American Red Cross and any one needing help with shelter or other needs should contact either the Commissioner’s Office or 911.

Both the County and Town of Trion have filed Local Emergency Declarations and have received word from the Governor’s Office on the official declaration. This will allow for Federal and State monies to flow through to the County and Town of Trion to help with cost of expenses and clean up.