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Ochlocknee River reaches dangerous levels in Thomas Co.


The rain may no longer be falling, but the water is still very much a problem.

The Ochlocknee River in Thomas County is now more than six feet above flood stage.

Long time Thomas County resident Keith Harnevious could not believe his eyes this morning when he pulled up to the closed Egg and Butter Road.

"My mom lives down Myrick road and we saw the Ochlocknee river flooded and we're just taking pictures out in the community. Been out here for 29 years and we've never seen it gully like that before under that first small bridge. It's amazing what mother nature can do," said Harnevious.

Several days of rain in Thomas County brought the Ochlocknee River and Barrett's Creek to dangerous levels.

"I've seen it high during Tropical Storm Alison, but I've never seen it rush as fast as it is right now. It's moving very fast. It's kind of scary," said EMA Director Lisa Griffis.

Harnevious says while the imagery is cool to see, it also makes him uneasy. "It does. I'm afraid it's going to start creating some flood issues. I just it doesn't go that way towards my mom or near where we live. We live near Glenwood and that sharp curve going towards Clay street can get really bad when it rains."

And emergency officials say the high water can cause many issues around the county.

"Erosion. It can wash out bridges, it can wash out roads. Standing water, rushing water actually," said Griffis.

But Harnevious says his mother's health is his top priority. "That's my main concern is my mom. She is diabetic and under treatment so my main concern is her."

Emergency officials say if you come across a road that is closed or has water over it, turn around, don't drown.


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