Flood warning issued for Kinchafoonee Creek

Flood warning issued for Kinchafoonee Creek

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a flood warning for the Kinchafoonee Creek in Lee County.

Lee County Fire Chief James Howell says at the current forecast several houses along the creek are expected to flood within the next 24 hours.

Chief Howell says however in his 20 plus years experience of monitoring the creek has never seen the levels rise this quickly.

Howell expects some homes on Kinchafoonee Creek Lane, Cypress Point Circle and Uncle Jimmy's Lane will likely be flooded by several inches of water.

Lee County EMA crews are headed out Christmas morning to alert those homeowners about the rising water but urge everyone living on the creek to keep monitoring the water and be prepared to take action if needed.

At 5:00 a.m., the gauge at Pinewood Road just north of Leesburg was four feet above its flood stage of 13 feet.

The NWS is not forecasting the creek to rise too much higher before it is predicted to crest at 18.5  feet late Friday or early Saturday morning.

The last time the Kinchafoonee Creek reached a flood stage was in December of 2008 when it rose to 17.29.

The crest during the July 1994 flood was 26.56.

Stay with WALB News for the latest information throughout the day.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.