Receding waters reveal little damage in Barrow

WINDER -- Rivers and creeks swollen by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida this week appear to have caused minimal damage in Barrow County, officials said Friday.

Flooded areas primarily along the Mulberry River crept into neighboring lawns, but "the waters appear to be receding with no reports of (damaged) homes or businesses," said Lt. Scott Dakin, Barrow County Emergency Services spokesman.

At one point, floodwaters licked the bottom of a debris-clogged bridge along Hancock Bridge Road. Even that potential trouble spot appears to have spurred no serious damage, Dakin said.

The department was hit with calls from residents concerned over flooded areas, but none were handled as emergencies, Dakin said.

"Barrow County was lucky," he said. "Had much more rain fallen, the damages could have been much worse."

Gwinnett had no such luck when torrential rains flooded pockets of the county in September.

More than 300 homes, mostly in Lilburn and Lawrenceville, were damaged in the historic flood. At least 125 of the homes were destroyed, Gwinnett Emergency Management Agency officials have said. The agency hasn't calculated the total cost of damages.

FEMA approved more than $46 million in grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other needs in 17 Georgia counties. About $5.4 million was directed to Gwinnett.