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Baker Co. officials prep for flooding

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BAKER CO., GA (WALB) -

Emergency Management and Public Works officials in Baker County are watching the rising Flint River and dealing with flooded roads throughout the county, Monday night.

Eight roads are closed right now. Some are completely washed out.

What was Tennile Road now looks like a small lake and this isn't the only road in bad shape in the county.

Nearby Oscar Jordan Road is just as bad.

"It's so muddy, especially on down, we had to close it down," said Baker County Public Works Director Larry Hart.

It's one of eight roads closed in the county and EMA officials want residents to be aware and think smart while dealing with current conditions.

"Those are roads you just don't want to go down at all. Don't even look at it. Don't even try to go down those roads at all because you don't know what your vehicle can do. You don't know what the mud can do to you vehicle," said Baker County EMA Director Rachel Rish.

As the rain continues to pound South Georgia, officials in Baker County are keeping a close eye on the Flint River.

The River caused devastating floods in 1994 and '98.  It's expected to reach flood stage later this week, but nowhere near a record.

"We are concerned with the Flint River, but it's only at 17 feet at this point. When it get up to 24 to 26 feet is when we really start worrying about the low lying areas around the downtown area," said Rish.

For now, these officials want residents to be safe as dangerous flooding could be reality.

"First of all, if you are in roads you need to stay at home or get to somewhere safe if you can get out of your street at this point," said Rish.

"We had a hole to fall in the road the last time we had weather like this, so people don't need to go through the water. They need to stay at home," said Hart.

They hope everyone will stay safe.

Due to most of the roads being in bad shape in Baker County, there will be no school Tuesday for students.

No word yet on how long schools will be closed in the county.

The following roads in Baker County are currently closed:

Tucker Lane

Tennile Road

Oscar Jordan Road

Mimmsville Road

Bell Pond

South End of Tom Sheffield

Sheffield Road

Lester Road

Red Rhodes Road

Part of Vernon Hall Road

 

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