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Flint River not expected to cause flooding

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The flooding in North Georgia has sparked fear and brought back memories for us here in South Georgia. We know all too well what can happen when it rains so hard so fast.

But the flooding north of here isn't going to affect the Flint River this time around and people who live on Lake Blackshear are sure glad to hear it.

Frank Miller recalls the flood of 1994 quite vividly. He and his family had just moved into their dream house on the water but nine short months later they were forced out.

An inch of water came rushing into their home causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"No one had flood insurance it was awful, we had four children in high school and elementary school so everybody was pretty traumatized, we had to find places to live," said Frank Miller.

Dealing with something as traumatizing as a flood is nothing new to Miller or the hundreds others in the same boat. That's why some folks are on edge after hearing about the devastation in Atlanta.

"Those of us that live on the river and have been through that flood know how traumatizing it is so your alert to it," said Miller.

But officials at the Crisp County Power Dam say not to fear, its business as usual for them.

"The Flint River only received about 4 inches of rain in the Atlanta area all the rain that came into the Atlanta area went around into the suburbs and is going to be going into the Chatahootchee river so were not going to be expecting any high waters down here at the river basin," said Crisp County Power Dam official Paul Boone,

"Although it devastated people in Atlanta and around Atlanta that received it by the time it gets here what small run off we would get on the Flint, I just wasn't too worried about it however id there was I would be panicked id get my stuff up and get out.

Crisp County Power dam officials say the rain they are getting rid of now, is just water from local rainfall.

"They don't have to get worried the national weather and the TV will tell them if we are in a flood situation and give them plenty of time to get prepared for it," said Paul.

Miller says if you are worried about a flood, listen to the news, understand your nearby bodies of water and go to the Internet and look for flood plains.

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