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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks have crested from last week's heavy rains, but it may be Tuesday before that water really begins to recede.

As many as a dozen homes have been affected by the swollen creeks.

Emergency Management Officials caution residents about moving anything back into their yards. They say residents still need to watch the creek closely for the next 24 to 36 hours before the water may start receding for good.

Homes along the Kinchafoonee Creek in Lee County on Creekside Drive were surrounded by the creek this weekend. To get to the Cromer's home, you need a canoe.

 "I was expecting a small amount of flooding but not this right here," said Josh Cromer.

The Cromers and their neighbors began moving items under their homes to higher ground Saturday. They have electricity, but no water, except for what's come into their home.

"The bottom room is filled up with water, our fence in the back is damaged, our pool is damaged," said Bertha Cromer.

The Kinchafoonee Creek crested for a second time Sunday, but further north, residents along Cypress Lane and Creekside Drive who've found out the hard way, using a canoe to get in and out of their homes isn't easy may not be done yet.

 "We ask people not to be alarmed if they see it start back up again, it will be that second crest coming it may very well come back up to where it was at yesterday and last night it may even go an inch or two higher than that," Lee County EMA Director James Howell.

Emergency Officials say this is a good chance for many along the creek to make a note of where the water reaches at a certain level. It could be helpful information during future flooding. With everyone on the Muckalee out of danger, residents along the Kinchafoonee are waiting for the same, hoping the water will begin to recede soon so the clean up can begin.

"I hope so I really do, I hope so," said Bertha Cromer.

Emergency Management Officials say if you have a well that was underwater as a result of the flooding, you need to wait until the water recedes and then have that well tested before using it again. Officials hope by Wednesday the Kinchafoonee will be back below the action level giving some residents affected by the flooding a chance to clean up.

According to the National Weather Service, the Kinchafoonee crested at 17.3 feet, which is more than four feet above the flood stage.

The Muckalee crested at 13.6 feet over the weekend, two feet shy of the flood stage, but high enough to cause damage to two homes along the creek.

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