Lowndes EMA watching river levels in surrounding counties closely

Lowndes EMA watching river levels in surrounding counties closely
Excess water poured off of the bridge over the Alapaha river on Hwy. 94 East
Excess water poured off of the bridge over the Alapaha river on Hwy. 94 East
Paige Duke
Paige Duke

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - Emergency officials in Lowndes County kept a close eye on river levels in surrounding counties Monday morning as heavy rain moved through the area.

Clinch and Atkinson Counties were under flood watches and warnings for much of the morning. Officials say they pay close attention to the river levels in surrounding counties whenever a big rain event is forecasted.

"Citizens can go to the National Weather Service website and they can monitor that action for themselves," said Lowndes County PIO Paige Duke, referring to the river gauge data for local rivers. "But, we really do look and make some calls and see what everyone else is getting above us and then we start to look at those river gauges."

As of 5 p.m. Monday night, no major flooding had been reported in Atkinson or Clinch County and no river flooding was expected.

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