Officials warn residents after Kinchafoonee Creek levels rise

Kinchafonee Flood Levels

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - We’ve seen flooding in many parts of Lee County after rain showers.

Tuesday, emergency officials are warning residents on the Kinchafoonee Creek that the creek will rise over 13 feet yet again.

With more potential rain headed our way this weekend, WALB News 10 spoke with one long time resident on the creek about how they prepare.

Ed Duffey gazes at the water in the Kinchafoonee Creek, as he’s done for 50 years.

“Gorgeous, see that water how still and peaceful the water is,” said Duffy.

He said he’s not too concerned with the potential flood warning along the creek.

Ed Duffy. (Source: WALB)
Ed Duffy. (Source: WALB)

“We have a lot of floods out here. Some are bad, and could be serious. Some of them just scare people. This particular flood right here, there is nothing to it,” he said.

Lee County officials Tuesday warned residents living on the creek when water levels reach a certain level.

“Right now the creek is going to crest at 13.1 feet. In 1998 it was right at 19 feet.,” explained Duffy.

Duffey said he knows when to take action.

“If water covers those docks, it’s really not a problem. It’s when it starts to come up the water rises towards these houses and that’s when it gets dangerous. Anyone living on the Kinchafoonee Creek needs to realize there’s going to be high water,” he said.

Emergency officials are warning residents on the Kinchafoonee Creek that the creek will rise over 13 feet yet again. (Source: WALB)
Emergency officials are warning residents on the Kinchafoonee Creek that the creek will rise over 13 feet yet again. (Source: WALB)

He said the best thing folks can do to prepare is watch out for the levels and protect your property as much as possible.

“I’m accustomed to it. A lot of people that move out here they don’t know the situation on the Kinchafoonee Creek but being here for 50 something odd years is second nature to me as long as I know where it’s going,” he said.

You can call Lee County Fire Emergency Management to hear creek levels as well. That number is (229)-759-6011.

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