ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Not long after Albany opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the National Weather Service (NWS) had some good news.
The NWS came out with a revised forecast showing the Flint River is expected to crest at lower than originally forecast. The NWS is now predicting the river will rise to 31.7 feet on Tuesday evening, flood stage in Albany is 26 feet.
Albany will still keep the EOC open but will scale back the number of people needed based on the latest forecast.
The EOC will allow city and county officials to monitor river and creek levels and to be ready for action should the flood forecast change.
"We're by no means closing and we're not saying it's a non-event. But we are going to scale it back. And we're ready to ramp it up at anytime this event increases," said Dougherty EMA Director Ron Rowe.
Albany EMA officials are warning those who are out looking at the Flint River to be very careful around the high water.
Sunday morning, county and city officials opened the center and made sure all emergency support functions were ready. Sunday night they will continue to monitor the water levels.
Albany Police have announced that Turtle Park and amphitheater are closed, and that residents need to stay away from these areas unless they have an official reason for being there.