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Sandy Springs FD says rain-damaged bridge will collapse soon

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Bridge at The Falls at Sandy Springs Apartments Bridge at The Falls at Sandy Springs Apartments

Roads were flooded in parts of metro Atlanta after a storm hit Thursday evening. The storm caused several power outages.

A Georgia Power spokesperson said by 6:30 a.m. Thursday, fewer than 1,000 customers were without electricity.

CBS Atlanta's Rodney Harris said the area set a single day rainfall record. Between two and five inches of rain have fallen in parts of the state.

Four families (10 people) were displaced from their homes at The Falls at Sandy Springs Apartments following a partial dam breach and the threat of flooding to their complex.

The apartments are located off Roswell Road, just south of Interstate 285.

The Red Cross shelter, located at the nearby United Methodist Church in Sandy Springs, is providing food, cots, blankets and support for the families.

The Red Cross will continue to assist these families and others of the approximately 100 evacuated apartment residents who may seek shelter throughout the day.

A dam near the apartment complex partially gave way as heavy rain fall caused a pond to swell up and overwhelm the retaining wall, according to the Sandy Springs Fire Department.

Fire Department spokesman Mark Duke said it is only a matter of time until the entire dam collapses. 

When the dam and bridge gave way late Wednesday night, several residents said they heard a loud bang.

"We saw the water rushing. It was pretty frightening," said Ruby McQueen, a resident at the complex. "They turned out our power and made us all leave."

McQueen was one of roughly 100 residents who were told to evacuate by emergency responders, as several buildings sit downstream from where the dam gave way. Duke said all but a few of those residents were allowed to return home by 6:00 a.m.

Duke said workers from the Department of Watershed Management were trying to pump water out of the pond to reduce stress on the bridge, but added that it's likely only a matter of a few hours before the entire bridge crumbles.

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