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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Newton County EMA Dive Team rescues six from floods

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NEWTON COUNTY, GA -  Six people were rescued from flooded homes by the Newton County Emergency Management Agency Dive Team at the Riverside Mobile Home and RV Park and near the Yellow River Wednesday Morning.

The dive team, consisting of personnel from the Newton County Fire Services, Covington Fire Department and other agencies, responded to a call at approximately 4:30 a.m. of multiple people unable to leave their RVs at the park due to high levels of water.

Five people were rescued by dive team members using an inflatable Zodiac raft to go from submerged camper to camper.Image of Newton EMA Dive Team Boat

At around 10 a.m. the dive team took to its boat again for a resident near the mobile home park across an area with roughly 3-4 feet of water.

A man and two dogs were rescued from the mobile home by the joint-jurisdiction dive team.

“All the rescues were successful thanks to the quick response and incredible partnership of EMA, Newton County Fire Services, Covington Fire Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office,” said Newton County Interim EMA Director Wendy Patterson. “Everyone was brought to safety without incident or injuries.”

A major rain storm came through middle Georgia Tuesday bringing floods to low-lying areas in Newton County.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with evacuations of Riverside Mobile Home and RV Park prior to the flooding and were present during operations.

The Red Cross has been notified and is assisting with the displaced residents.

The rain concluded Tuesday evening and the Yellow River began receding early Wednesday afternoon.


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