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Withlacoochee floods roads in Lowndes

September 29, 2004

Lowndes County - Just when you think the Withlacoochee river level is going down, it climbs a little higher. "Last night, it crested at 19.3 feet, but at 10:00 this morning, it was back up to 19.4," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Public Information Officer.

Stacey Moore lives less than a mile from the river, and although her home isn't in danger of flooding, the road she lives on is another story. "The buses can't get down the road, if you're not in a big truck sometimes, you're not gonna get up and down," said Moore. "This is the worst its been in the 10 years we've been here."

Chunks of Franklinville Road have washed away, causing almost more than a foot drop off at some points. Travel down a little farther, and it gets worse. The excess water has literally made a pond in the middle of Franklinville Road. It could be weeks before the water subsides, and public works crews can get out here to make the road passable again.

"It just looks like a boat ramp, the dirt road actually disappears into the flood water," said Dukes.

The water completely covers one bridge. As for how many feet of water are actually covering the road, that's still unknown. "Right now its just to deep for us to get folks in to check," said Dukes. And it doesn't look like relief will come anytime soon. "With all the rain everyone above us has experienced, levels here are going to continue to rise," said Dukes.

So for now, Stacey will rely on 4 wheel drive to make the journey to and from home a little easier.

The Little River, which feeds into the Withlacoochee River, is also rising in Lowndes County. Right now the river level is about 16.1 feet. Flood stage is about 10 feet.

The Little River in Colquitt and Cook Counties is getting it's second wave of water from northern counties forcing Reed Bingham State Park officials to close all boat ramps.

posted at 5:15 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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