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Lake Blackshear dam releases water

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By David Miller

Warwick, GA - (WALB) - Gates at the Crisp County Power dam at Lake Blackshear are slowly opening to release two to three feet of water from the lake. The process should take about three days.

Power dam manager Gene Ford says that rainfall produced by Tropical Storm Ida has swollen creeks and streams above Blackshear, and that it is necessary to lower the lake to accept the extra water.

Ford said that the water release from Lake Blackshear is being coordinated with the Flint River Power dam at Albany, and no flooding of the Flint or Lake Chehaw is expected.

Ford said that the Montezuma gauge showed 21 feet Wednesday morning, and experience tells him that some minor water rise at the upper end of Lake Blackshear, in the Turkey creek area is likely.

He said that water will likely come up in some yards, and may cross roads in this area.

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