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Albany- When they saw the flow increasing, workers began opening more gates at the Georgia Power Dam. The plant quit generating power to allow the workers to open all 22 gates.

Now water is rushing through. Six gates were opened yesterday along the Muckafoonee Creek, but now all 16 gates along the Flint River are open to keep up with the rising levels. Levels are expected to match flood levels from the 98 flood.

"Yesterday when the rains came in we started opening our gates when we saw the flows increase on the river, and today we have all sixteen plant gates open. We will maybe throttling them a little but they will be open for several days," says plant manager Bill Mashburn.

All gates were open by three on Monday afternoon. They will probably remain open until Thursday.

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