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Rain causes creek levels to recede slowly

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Rain has been moving in overnight and all morning across Southwest Georgia. Our WALB news crew headed out to Creekside Drive near the Kinchafoonee Creek early Friday morning where some of the worst flooding occurs. Water in the ditches rose almost to the top in some areas near the road. A lot of debris, tree branches, and trash sat in the road where water stood earlier.

Emergency Management Director and Lee County Fire Chief James Howell has been out all morning checking creek levels. According to the National Weather Service, as of 7:00 a.m. Friday, the Kinchafoonee sat at just above flood level at 16.16 feet at Pinewood Drive. That's about 19 miles from our location at Creekside Drive.

"This morning looks a little better and we're starting to see signs of receding at the Kinchafoonee Creek but not as much as I would like to see at this time," Howell said. " We would have really liked to see more of it recede before the rain."

Howell also said this year's El Nino may have affected the severity of flooding. National Weather Service forecasters said El Nino has kept a lot of Hurricanes off the coast during the summer. The downside is, once Hurricane Season is over, Howell says storms continue to come in from the west coast which mounts to a very wet winter.

Howell expects water levels at the Muckalee and Kinchafoonee to recede and then rise some depending on where people are located near the creeks. People who receive flood damage in their home can call the Lee County Emergency Management Agency at 229-759-6090.

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