Crews evaluating Trion homes as residents wait

Crews evaluating Trion homes as residents wait

September 22nd, 2009 by Andy Johns in News

TRION, Ga. - Emergency officials were driving street to street today, evaluating flood conditions in neighborhoods near the Chattooga River.

Residents have not been allowed back onto First Street, but law enforcement officials said most other streets are open.

First Street resident Max Ramirez said his family left its home about 10 a.m. Monday after grabbing a few belongings. They have not been able to return to the house, he sasid, but they can see it by standing on a nearby hill.

"It looks like a river," said his daughter Shyra Diaz, who was translating Mr. Ramirez's Spanish.

"It looked like one of these," she said, pointing to the Chattooga River, "but with houses in the middle."

The Chattooga River appears to have receded about eight feet at the railroad bridge at Mount Vernon Mills and traffic is flowing again over the bridge at Riegel Way.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.