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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Creeks and rivers are rising in Lowndes County and it could cause damage. Today, Red Cross officials began staging for possible flooding in the next few days.

The Meadow Brook Drive community in Valdosta is a neighborhood that is all too familiar with flooding.

"This is usually the little creek in my back yard that you can walk through, instead of the creek in my back yard that flooded my house," said Nick Harrison, who has lived on Sugar Creek for 10 years. Four years ago his family experienced flooding no one could have imagined.

Even small bodies of water have the potential to do a lot of damage. Officials will be monitoring the levels of Sugar Creek which flooded a lot of homes in 2009.

And with the heavy rainfall across south Georgia, the Harrison's are bracing for more possible flooding. Emergency Management officials say flooding would most likely occur in the next 2 or 3 days, when northern waters travel downstream into Lowndes County.

"It worries us, but that fact that we've experienced it is definitely a good thing. We know exactly what we can do and how to do it. I'm just more worried for the people who haven't experienced it," said Harrison.

Today, more than a dozen Red Cross volunteers in Valdosta came together to start preparing for potential flooding. They loaded up flood kits and comfort kits to hand out to residents if needed.

"If your residence is near a creek or a river now is the time to start looking at alternate places; where you are going to go if you have to evacuate," said Jack Looney, Red Cross Emergency Services Manager.

Right now, officials say it's just a waiting game.

Today, Lowndes County officials closed down Shiloh Road at the bridge over Franks Creek and the west end of Porter Road due to the river overflowing. Watch out for detours if you're traveling in that area.

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