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Sinkholes strand neighbors in Flowery Branch

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Construction Crews in Flowery Branch and parts of Hall County are working to repair several roads that caved in during the storm on Sunday.

Jim McCrystal and his family live on Cove Creek. He and his neighbors were stranded because the sinkhole blocked the only way in and out of their subdivision.

"The only way in our out! I had to take off work Sunday because I couldn't get out," said McCrystal.

Construction crews made temporary repairs to the road Monday so McCrystal and his neighbors could drive out.

"The main concern we have is that school is still in session. All the kids are trying to get over the sidewalk. We are afraid the sidewalk will collapse," said McCrystal.

The storm also washed away part of Stephens Road between McKenzey Lane and Pipissewa Drive. Theresa Owens said she drove down Stephens before it caved in.

"We didn't' realize it until Sunday night how close it came to me sinking in it," said Owens.

Owens said it was foggy and raining when she drove over that part of Stephens Road on Sunday morning.

"It was about 7:15 a.m., when I drove across. It was all kinds of trees and leaves and stuff like that but I didn't feel anything," said Owens.

A sink hole developed and washed away part of Trudy Drive. Fortunately neighbors were not stranded.

Flowery Branch and Hall County both declared emergencies so crews can spend the necessary money to start repairing the roadways.
Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said a problem downstream caused all the water to back up during the storm.

"Downstream there was something at the railroad track that stopped the water from going into Lake Lanier. At one point it appeared to be about a 10-foot wall of water higher on our side of the tracks that the lakeside," said Miller.

There is a boil-water notice in effect until 9 p.m. for people who receive water from the City of Flowery Branch.

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