ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Forecasters expect the Flint River to top flood stage in Albany early next week.
Right now, the level for the Flint River is projected to rise to 27 or 28 feet, flood stage is 26 feet, so Albany is in the action stage right now.
Chief Ron Rowe with the Albany Fire Department predicted that Albany may get into a moderate stage some time Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, which means possible flooding of a few structures.
Chief Rowe warns people living around the water that it's not just local rains that cause the river to rise.
"The water is north of us also and we're having even more rain north of us. So even though you don't see it currently, the water is coming and you need to take precautions for it," said Chief Rowe.
Chief Rowe suggested that people living around the river prepare to stock up on sand bags, bottled water and food in case they can't get out of their house.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Kinchafoonee Creek as well.
Lee County Fire Chief James Howell said he doesn't believe the creek will rise high enough to cause any problems, but he did say that if significant rain continues, then that could change.