Worth County water rises to new heights

County Line Road and Railroad Street are seeing water levels rise higher than they ever have before. / Matt Prichard

Worth County is one of the few that made it through the rains Monday and Tuesday with limited damage. That doesn't mean the job is done though, with water levels still at an all-time high.

"Look at the areas and see what it is we can do, and try to get it back going. Ya know until this water goes down it's hard to know what kind of damage you have," said Public Work Manager, John Merritt.

Inside the City of Sylvester, code eforcement officials had planned for this kind of weather, and say they're response is what rose to the occassion, not the water.

"Levels rose, to their all time highs. But we were able to keep that continuous flow and not get that backup," said Code of Enforcement officer, Angel Gray.

Residents on the Worth County border, heading into Dougherty County however experienced massive flooding issues, and aren't happy.

"I am angry! Really angry, they need to do something about it. They can fix it, and they need to do it again," said Marie Wilkinson.

Marie Wilkinson left her 'County Line Road' house Tuesday night as the water continued to rise. And local neighbors say multiple issues contributed to the flooded area.

"More rain, quicker time, and less drainage possibilities because they isn't cleaning out the canals like they should've," said Charles Nobles.

Although those Dougherty County residents experienced issues, in Worth County only three families were asked to evacuate, and didn't experience massive damage to their homes.