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Friday, September 25, 2009

City Hall: Floods cause $61 million in damages, hit 478 homes

Recent floods and storms battered 478 homes and caused approximately $61 million in damages to city facilities and equipment, according to initial City Hall estimates transmitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The documents outline the impact the unprecedented flood had on neighborhoods — the majority of which are located in Northwest Atlanta. Lincoln Homes and Cross Creek were the hardest hit, with many homes lost or suffering major damage.

The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management recorded more than $52 million of damage — the highest amount among any municipal department. Most of that total stems from the flooding of the R.M. Clayton wastewater treatment plant in Northwest Atlanta. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs estimates $2.4 million worth of damage to parks and equipment. Affected greenspaces include Candler Park, Atlanta Memorial and Grove Parks.

The city has also released a by-the-numbers summary of the damage and the cost of such recovery efforts as helicopter flyovers and boat rescues. To view all the statistics, download this PDF.

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