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Five years later, some still suffering from floods


COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- This weekend marks five years since non-stop rain and rising floodwaters buried parts of Cobb County. Ten people lost their lives, buildings were destroyed, entire communities were devastated.

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But for many people who still live in that area, the pain continues. They're still suffering.

Five years ago, to get to a number of neighborhoods and subdivisions, you needed a boat to navigate the two-story high flood waters.

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The great flood, five years later


AUSTELL, Ga. (WXIA) – This weekend marks five years since rising flood waters in Cobb County nearly covered the sign at Clarkdale Elementary School, gaining national attention when the school was ruined.

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Five years ago, when the rains finally stopped, 11Alive's Donna Lowry stood about a block away from the school. She couldn't go any closer because of all the rising water.

It happened so quickly. Rains that wouldn't stop falling and water that wouldn't stop rising.

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Hiram man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for taking part in a string of crimes in Cobb County.

Paul Enofurialu Odianose, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Odianose admitted to robbing a Powder Springs dry cleaning business at gunpoint on Mar. 4, a crime that netted him only $224.

On Mar. 13, he tried to rob a Pizza Hut on New Macland Road, not far from the first crime scene, but did not take any money. A Pizza Hut employee memorized Odianose's license plate number and gave the information to police; the defendant was arrested the next day.

At the time of the crimes, Odianose was on First Offender probation for a 2011 robbery. The probation has since been revoked.

Celebrate National Wellness Week in south Cobb

Celebrate National Wellness Week in south Cobb

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold a free paper shredding event for county residents this weekend.

Household documents will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event will only take paper products -- cardboard, plastic and other such items will not be accepted.

Attendees may also bring shoes to donate. Pairs of shoes should be bound or taped together.

Visit cobbcounty.org for more information about the event.

Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday