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Residents prepare as floodwater rises

One Albany resident says he is ready if rising water causes him to leave his home. One Albany resident says he is ready if rising water causes him to leave his home.
Williams is anxiously watching the water get closer to his garage, but he said that he is ready. Williams is anxiously watching the water get closer to his garage, but he said that he is ready.
Williams has a couple of trailers loaded in his front yard, and is ready to evacuate if needed. Williams has a couple of trailers loaded in his front yard, and is ready to evacuate if needed.
If more rain falls to the north, that could raise the river crest, so homeowners in low lying areas need to keep watching the water. If more rain falls to the north, that could raise the river crest, so homeowners in low lying areas need to keep watching the water.
Officials said Sunday that the news is good, but how much rain we get this week could make a big difference in flooding. Officials said Sunday that the news is good, but how much rain we get this week could make a big difference in flooding.
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The forecast crest of the Flint River has been lowered by the National Weather Service.

That river crest was decreased on Sunday from 34 feet to 31.7 feet.  

Emergency officials for Albany and Dougherty County said that will make a big difference in property damage. 

The Veteran's Park Amphitheater has water in it, and the Flint River is flowing with a lot of power. But officials say right now, structures like the Albany Civic Center are not in danger, but they do caution homeowners to continue to stay vigilant.

Water from the Flint River was rising Sunday morning into Frederick Williams driveway under his Radium Springs Road home.

"I woke up about 4, I didn't see any water period in the driveway. It was just as still in the back. Then we got up again about 8, or 8:30, and it was moving into the driveway then," said Williams.

Williams has a couple of trailers loaded in his front yard, and is ready to evacuate if needed.

Forecasters lowered the crest level on the river by almost 2 feet, expecting it to rise to 31 feet and 7 inches by Tuesday night. Dougherty County officials said that right now most homes and structures will not be impacted.

"What we're doing is wanting people to use caution and to prepare for possible flooding.  Again it doesn't take us completely out of the woods, but the chances are decreased," explained Albany Fire Chief and Dougherty County EMA Director Ron Rowe.

If more rain falls to the north, that could raise the river crest, so homeowners in low lying areas need to keep watching the water.

"We're continuing to monitor all of the areas we're accustomed to seeing water. 24 hours a day we have crews riding the streets and making sure everybody is aware, and we're monitoring the area our self," said Rowe.

Williams is anxiously watching the water get closer to his garage, but he said that he is ready.

Right now there are no roads or bridges closed in Dougherty County, and no homes have reported water in them yet.  

Officials said Sunday that the news is good, but how much rain we get this week could make a big difference in flooding.

Updates are available here for Flint River levels, and access to a live webcam of the Flint River is available here.

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