Emergency management officials in Chattooga County met this morning at Leroy Massey Elementary School to discuss the flood situation in Trion.
Chattooga County Public Works Director Lamar Canada told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio that the town of Trion would be declared a disaster area today. Emergency officials are in the process of setting up a command center at Leroy Massey School and a staging area for crews working with the flood waters in Trion.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Pentecostal Worship Center on Lake Wand Rita Road behind Reece Tires for flood victims. Also the Chattooga County Clothes Closet is offering free clothing to flood victims.
Canada said that the Chattooga River is rising at a rate of 6" per hour and with more rain forecasted for this afternoon it could be a serious situation in the Trion area. There are currently 2 inmate crews from Hays State Prison working to sandbag the levy at Trion and Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett has supplied a county inmate work detail to assist in the sandbagging effort.
As of this morning there was a voluntary evacuation in the Frogtown area of Trion. Canada said that by this afternoon that evacuation would become mandatory.
Also Canada said that the water is rising in the Penn Bridge Road area and is expected to be over the bridge sometime this afternoon. County work crews are in route to post signs at the bridge and the bridge may be closed within the next hour or so.
Stay tuned to AM 1180 and chattoogainfo.com for updates on the weather situation. Forecasters are predicting another round of rain coming into the area this afternoon that could increase flooding throughout the county.