Gilmer residents trapped by flood finally able to leave - CBS46 News

Gilmer residents trapped by flood finally able to leave

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GILMER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Jim Glynn slowly drove his minivan through several inches of water.

That water is Clear Creek, and for the past three days, it was so high that fast-moving water washed out the only road that led Glynn and his neighbors in and out of their area. The community was trapped.

On Saturday, they could finally leave, thanks in part to rocks that crews put down to make the water more shallow, slowing down the creek's current.

"They made us a wet crossing and we're going to just slowly go across," Glynn said, as he let CBS Atlanta make the crossing with him.

Days ago, the entire area surrounded the road was under about a foot of water. The road is technically private, so the neighborhood homeowners' association will be financially responsible for fixing it, Glynn said.

Glynn also pointed out that his neighbors are doing what they can to get through this time with no road.

"When something like this happens you have two choices: you can wait for the government to come in and help you, or you do it yourself," Glynn said.

Some neighbors leave different cars on either side of the creek to shuttle back and forth. Others drive ATVs or walk through the creek.

Floyd Gungle said he was initially concerned about driving his Dodge Neon through the water because drivers are normally warned not to drive through such high water.

"That was my concern originally when I started out - I didn't want to enter because of that," Gungle said. "There is water running across it right now, but it's only about seven or eight inches deep so it's not too scary."

Glynn said it could be months before the road is fully repaired. 

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