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Lake Blackshear is peaking

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Crisp County, GA (WALB) -  Crisp Power officials  knew it was coming and they took steps to try to prevent flooding downstream.

The force of the water rushing through the Lake Blackshear dam was amazing. More than 32,000 cubic feet of water per second, about four times the normal amount. They believe this is the peak of the flow, and there will be not a big River flooding problem to the South.

 Production Manager Gene Ford said "As long as the rain is local, then it's not a problem."

Officials lowered Lake Blackshear about one and a half feet earlier this week, as much as they could. Now they only have seven of the 14 gates on the dam open, filling the lake to keep most of the Flint in it's banks. So far it is working.

"It peaked at Montezuma approximately 30 hours ago, and normally that time frame we will see the flow from there. We're hoping in a few hours we will start seeing the backside of the feed, which means the flows going downstream will be less," Ford said.

Gene Ford oversaw this dam in the Floods of 1994 and 1998. He says the experience learned from those events have helped them prepare for this week's rain event.

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