GORDON COUNTY, Ga. — Two bodies were found Monday morning after a two-day search of floodwaters in Gordon County.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, they first responded to a report of a vehicle in the flooded area where Reeve Station Road was covered in water. Sheriff Mitch Ralston said the swiftly rising floodwaters could easily sweep a car from the road.
The Department of Natural Resources joined the search through the day Sunday. The Sheriff’s Air Unit, along with several DNR boats, searched for several hours but were unable to find anything. Monday morning, a spokesman for Gordon County told 11Alive News that “operations are ongoing”. Boats and divers were back in the water as “very dangerous water conditions persist”.
Just after 1:00 Monday, Major Stephen Adams with the Department of Natural Resources told 11Alive News two bodies had been discovered. One of the men was a kayaker found in a 12-acre private pond in Gordon County. He went kayaking on December 26th, and was reported missing Sunday. His identity has not been released.
The other man was found inside a car near the flooded Reeve Station Road area. According to DNR officials, they believe he drove around barricades that had been blocking cars from driving through the flooded area. He’s been identified as George Treadaway, a man in his 60’s.
11Alive Meteorologist Tracy Humphrey investigated the rain totals for Gordon County and found they’ve received 10-12 inches in the last two weeks. That includes three inches over the last three days.