Local news blogging: Atlanta floods

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Following days of constant rain and record setting flooding in Atlanta, flood waters are finally receding, reports say.  But the damage has been done.  The death toll has reached nine and early estimates suggest $250 million in damage was caused by the flooding.  Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue issued a “State Of Emergency” for 17 counties and also requested President Obama to make a Declaration of Disaster Areas.     

Since Sunday, Georgia bloggers have provided updated news, alerts, analysis and various posts of interests related to the flood:

Jason Pye suggests offering a helping hand:

“If you were lucky enough not to be affected by the floods in Metro Atlanta, please consider joining me in sending a donation to the Red Cross or some other organization to help those in need of assistance. Even if it’s just $5 or $10, every little bit helps.”

Mostly Media provides list of Georgia and Atlanta Disaster Relief Organizations To Follow On Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, here are some pros and cons of Twitter during the flooding.

“We’ve all read posts about how Twitter provides immediate coverage of earthquakes or bloody election fallout. But this moment showed how a social media tool enabled aggregation of all local news coverage through one search, quickly, in a large city, for breaking news.

“Individuals shared links to stories from the established local news outlets quickly throughout the day. And a picture on Twitpic of flooding on Atlanta’s downtown connector received more than 60,000 views in about 10 hours.”

Peach Pundit sums up Gov. Perdue’s speech.

“But with the assistance that is available from various levels of Government, Perdue reminded us that this is also a situation where neighbors helping neighbors, and communities helping communities, will make the biggest difference.”

Aerial photos of Atlanta floods.

Creative Loafing comments on the raw sewage dumped from the R.M. Clayton wastewater treatment plant in Northwest Atlanta into the Chattahoochee River.

“Yes, the Chattahoochee will appear a little extra brown in the near future, as city officials have been given no choice but to dump dookie and minimally treated wastewater into the river.”

Oconee Democrat said city escaped the worst.

“Many awe inspiring shots of the roaring shoals at North High Shoals or the Bridge over the Oconee River at Simonton Bridge were taken in the minds (if not shutters or cell phones) of passing cyclists and motor vehicle drivers Tuesday or before.”

Creative Loafing describes some of the chaos caused by the flooding relatively early in the day Monday.

Quote of the Day:

Today’s quote is a link to a collection of photos from the disaster because as the cliché goes, pictures speak louder than words.

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