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More heavy rain brings minor mainstream flood threat

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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Albany is near the record for the wettest April ever. That has many people concerned about river and creek flooding. 

The Flint River is full of fast moving water, making it look like the Flint could overflow at anytime, but hydrologists believe the impacts will be minor.

The Flint River dropped dramatically over the weekend.  Despite all the heavy rain, it's only at 7.4ft and climbing

The National Weather Service forecasts the river to crest Sunday at 14.6ft which is 12ft below flood stage.

Lee County EMA Director James Howell is keeping a close eye on the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks.

They are forecast to reach the minor flood stage.

"Minor impacts on the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee you are, it is basically means that there is a chance of it getting over a couple of roads. No homes are impacted it has to get up to around 16 16.5ft," said James Howell Lee County EMA Director.

"As far as the Flint River cresting its bank, we don't believe that is a possibility it's well below flood stage and it will remain that way," said Jim Vaught EMA deputy Director. 

Vaught said the forecast water levels, again that is 14.6ft for the Flint River and 13.3ft for the Kinchafoone creek, worst case scenario is if we get a large amount of rain to our north.

That will maximize the amount of water flowing towards the dam which will then through off the water levels for the creeks in Lee County.

We have already received nearly an inch of rain in Albany Tuesday afternoon, but the lull from the heavy rain was definitely a positive thing.

 

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