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Residents near Kinchafoonee Creek should stay alert

Monday was a soggy day in South Georgia, and just north of us in Macon, three and a half inches of rain fell on Sunday.

All that water is headed downstream now, and will cause the Kinchafoonee Creek in Lee County to swell.

No significant flooding will occur, but the Kinchafoonee will likely spill its banks in some of the lowest lying areas.

The Kinchafoonee at Lee County will crest just above 16 feet this week, that's three feet above flood stage. Emergency Management Coordinator Chief James Howell says residents should still remain alert.  

"Sometimes we go a year without a flood warning and then other times we see half a dozen in the same year so I think people who have lived along the creek and have been for a while are quite familiar with some of these," says Howell.

He says how fast the water travels to the more populated areas of the creek depends on a number of factors including water levels.

Chief Howell says he doesn't expect to see water get near any homes.

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