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Flood waters force Baldwin Co. farmers to relocate horses
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Flooding forced one Baldwin County farm family to jump into action, and move all their animals to higher ground.

The Rutledge family has owned the place for more than 20 years and says they haven't seen flooding like this since the late 90's.

Claire Davis spent the afternoon with them.

This isn't the first time Charles Rutledge and his mother Betsy have seen flooding at their farm in Milledgeville. "We have so many minutes to get our livestock up and right now, this has been one of the worst floods we've had since back in the 90's," said Rutledge.

His mother Betsy says despite the rainfall there's no other place she'd rather be "No one bothers you. It's peaceful," said Betsy.
ou it's, it's peaceful.

But that calm, serenity is now a wet, muddy mess, thanks to heavy rains and the Oconee River overflowing.Charles says they're notified when Georgia Power opens up the flood gates at Lake Sinclair. That's because their nine horses roam in a field which now looks like part of the Oconee River. "After Fishing Creek breaks over into the slew, the horses will not cross it. They're afraid of the water and the movement and everything. So if that's the case we have to put on life jackets and ropes and stuff and swim across there," said Rutledge.

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They're used to getting their hands dirty but they say the flooding makes their work ten times harder. "A lot of trash comes down. We've had other peoples animals come down, cows and things. We can't do anything or let the horses out on the water or where the water was until it rains and washes the mud and smell off. So it impacts that we have to keep the horses up to a point. We have to feed hay right now with the weather being warm we could you know feed them grass," said Rutledge.

For now, they'll wait until everything dries up, that's when Charles says the hard work will truly begin. "We may have trash scattered all the way up there. We really don't know what's in that water," said Rutledge.

Rutledge says he hopes to see the waters recede over the next several days, so he can start assessing damage. He says their fence line is torn down and they've lost several trees.


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