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Kinchafoonee crests at 18.6

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Residents along the Kinchafoonee creek are keeping a watchful eye on the water levels.

According to EMA officials the creek crested Wednesday afternoon on Pinewood Road at 18.6 but it still takes about a day before that water reaches the southside of the county. 

Bob Allan and his wife spent the day moving all the furniture away off the bottom floor of their creekside home.

"Sofas, chairs lazy boy chairs my desk...everything," said Allan.

He says he's almost gotten used to moving all his furniture in preparation for possible flood water but says its better to be safe than sorry.

"I'm hoping it doesn't get in the house, we've got about 18 inches before it gets on the main floor," said Allan.

But unlike Allan, Lanie Stanton is not used to the flooding. She and her family just moved in a few months ago.

"The neighbors told us that 18.6 wont be in our house but its our first time living on the creek so we don't really know," said Stanton.

But regardless of whether you are used to it, its still a sight to see.

"Its covered the road. Nobody can drive down Cypress Point and from what I can see it looks like it is almost touching the bridge," said Samantha Duthill.

Samantha Duthill and her friends spent the afternoon taking pictures of the flooded yards.

"We were taking pictures to show my grandmother, she wanted to see how different parts of the county looked like," said Duthill.

EMA officials say water is crossing the roads in several spots including Creekside drive and Cypress point circle.

"We've got water coming up over a bunch of yards, cones set up at the top of the hill water running up over the road its bad," said Chuck Tubbs.

Emergency officials say the kinchafoonee has already crested at 18.6 on Pinewood Road but it takes about 24 hours to reach the southside of the county then according to the National Weather Service it should start going down.  

Officials say they are expecting water to get in a few homes, but there have been no reports yet.

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