Kinchafoonee rising faster than forecast

Kinchafoonee rising faster than forecast

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - More homes are expected to flood along the Kinchafoonee Creek in southern Lee County than first predicted.

The National Weather Service has revised its flood warning and is now predicting the Kinchafoonee at Pinewood Road Bridge will crest at 19.9 feet at 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Lee County fire chief James Howell says the water at the Pinewood Road Bridge, located just north of Leesburg, should be in the southern end of the county within 18-24 hours.

He doesn't know how many homes are now likely to be flooded but asks people living along the creek to use the flood of 1998 when the creek reached 21.5 feet as a measuring stick for how high the water will rise.

Lee County will soon begin going door to door to warn people in the suspected flood areas to start evacuating.

An Emergency Operations Center meeting will also take place at 11:00 a.m. to brief all county departments on the latest information.

WALB has a crew in Lee County and will have the latest information on the flooding on WALB News 10 at 6:00 p.m. 

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