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Barges crash into Webbers Falls Lock and Dam

Posted at 10:45 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 23:45:50-04

WEBBERS FALLS — Aside from first-responders making their rounds, Webbers Falls is a ghost town.

Most people left Wednesday night when the sheriff's department went through the town telling everyone about the barges making their way toward the dam.

For those who stayed - they've been told multiple times by police and fire to leave, almost all have done so.

For many, it's something they haven't had to do in 33 years.

"I'm thinking I can't believe this has gotten like this," said resident Chris Adams. "I mean this is an incredible amount of water we're looking at."

The fire department is circling the town with boats, and police are making sure no one sneaks back in.

I spoke with a few firefighters here who told me they've urged people to leave by telling them there's no way to know how the water is going to flood the streets.

So while water here may not have reached a home on the other side of the street, it could quickly rise in the area around the house - leaving them with nowhere to go.

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