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Rivers and creeks swell after heavy weekend rains

Lee County -- The torrential rain over the Easter weekend is over, but the impact is not, as South Georgia closely watches the rising waters, which creep toward some South Georgia homes.

"I wouldn't call for anyone to evacuate right now, but I would keep an eye on it because these are predictions and they can change," said Lee County EMA Chief Joe Pollack.

The heavy rain closed nearly 150 Georgia roads, washed out at least six dams, and now creeks and rivers are on the rise. Many areas here in South Georgia got six to eight inches of rain. The Flint River, the Kinchafoonee Creek, and the Muckalee Creek are all already overflowing their banks.

The good news is authorities think few, if any, homes will be flooded, but people in Lee County and Dougherty County are keeping a close eye on the creeks and river.

In Downtown Albany, the Riverfront Park is flooded and the site of the Old Radium Springs casino is full of water. When the Flint River and Kinchafoonee Creek start rising, everyone living on the water pays close attention.

Some yards are already flooding. But no homes should be in jeopardy in Dougherty and Lee County. Still, emergency management crews are monitoring the river and creek level closely.

The Kinchafoonee Creek is already overflowing it banks in some parts of Lee County. On Pinewood Road, the water covers the yard of one house. "The people are already cut off, water is three or four foot deep in their driveway," Pollack says.

Across Pinewood, the water has washed out Turkey Farm Road, blocking Jack Tippen from reaching his daughter's house. "She's flooded in now. She and our grandson are not going to come out until the water comes down," Tippen said.

The Kinchafoonee is expected to crest in Lee County just after midnight at 19.7 feet, nearly seven feet above flood stage. But Fire Chief Joe Pollack says at that level no homes should be flooded. "We expect some minor flooding, in yards. Move your outdoor equipment to higher grounds. But we don’t anticipate it getting into anybody's house, but we'll be monitoring it all day and throughout the night."

Century Road in Lee County is another flood prone area that emergency crews are keeping a closely eye on. In Dougherty County, the Flint River is also swelling over its banks, leaving gazebos at Radium Springs nearly underwater. The Flint River is expected to crest 31.4 feet by Wednesday, 11 feet above the flood stage.

"As long as it stays at that level, it should be OK. We'll keep an eye on it, keep it monitored, and let them know as quick as we can," said Dougherty County Pubic Works Assistant Director Larry Cook, who expects localized road and yard flooding especially in the Radium Springs area.

Parts of the Radium Springs Golf Course will be underwater by this time Tuesday, but again, the water is not expected to reach any homes along the Flint River.

EMA warns there could always be isolated problems like flooding along the Dry Creek in the Radial Subdivision. At least two families were evacuated early Monday morning as the waters came dangerously close to the homes.

For now, emergency crews in Lee and Dougherty County are on stand-by waiting for the river and creek to crest and hoping for the best.

Here are some recent water level readings--

  • Flint River at Albany - Flood Stage: 20 Feet Latest Stage: 23.31 Feet at 2:30 PM
    EST 03/28

  • Muckalee Creek near Leesburg - Flood Stage: 15 Feet
    Latest Stage: 15.22 Feet at 2:45 PM EST 03/28

  • Kinchafoonee Creek at Preston - Flood Stage: 7 Feet
    Latest Stage: 8.42 Feet at 3:00PM EST 03/28

    • Check area creek and river levels here

posted by dave.miller@walb.com

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