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Rain hammers Lamar; flooding, fire are issues

Heavy rains pounded Barnesville-Lamar County Wednesday night and all day Thursday, Christmas Eve, resulting in flash flooding and one home fire sparked by a lightning strike. At one point Upson County was under a tornado warning. That twister remained aloft and apparently never touched down. Heavy rain is expected through about 10 p.m. Christmas Eve before it starts diminishing. Flooding will remain a problem. If you don’t have to get out, stay home and do not drive. Conditions are treacherous. The heaviest flooding was on Piedmont Raod where it crosses Potato Creek. The creek was some 200 yards out of its banks and it could get worse. Allen Road in that area is impassable. As emergency personnel dealt with flooding, lightning hit a home at 216 Potts Pond Road. Firefighters were called out at 3:05 p.m. The home suffered serious damage but firefighters were able to get everyone out and save the family’s Christmas presents. Ironically, the burned home was the same one where murder victim Donald Clark’s wallet was found in Dec. 2008. His body was found on Christmas Eve, 2008, exactly seven years prior to the fire. His wife, Jennifer Clark, is doing life for bashing his skull in with a metal baseball bat. A codefendant, Michael Yost, is also serving a life term for the killing. Captions for images in the slideshow. All were taken Thursday: 1 and 2: Potato Creek from the bridge on Piedmont Rd. 3: Potato Creek from the bridge on Ruffner Road. 4: Headwaters of Tobesofkee Creek threaten the Pike Lamar Service Center in Barnesville. 5: Headwaters of Tobesfokee Creek threaten a road at the recreation department. 6: Headwaters of Tobesofkee Creek roar through a bottom on a farm in Redbone. 7 and 8: Firefighters battle Potts Pond Road blaze. 9: A raging Swan Creek near Johnstonville threatens construction equipment and a home and cabin under construction on Van Buren Road.

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