CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - Power officials lower the levels at Lake Blackshear to prevent any more flooding and say it appears to be working. They expect the lake to refill over the next couple of days.
The Crisp County Power Commission says lowering Lake Blackshear protects people living near the lake from potential dangers and is also helping to decrease any flooding here in Albany.
Water gushes through the 13 flood gates at The Crisp County Power Commission that they opened on Christmas Day.
"Right now we're passing about 37 thousand cubic feet per second," said Steve Rentfrow, Crisp County Power Commission General Manager."
They opened the gates to lower levels at Lake Blackshear.
"The crest from the Flint River is going to be reaching Lake Blackshear and so we lowered the lake about five feet in order for us to catch some of that flow that's more than we can pass through our flood gates," said Rentfrow.
Rentfrow says opening the gates keeps the lake from going above it's normal pool and also has an impact on Albany.
"It also allows us to go to the top flow which lowers the amount going to Albany by just a small amount, so it helps both our communities," said Rentfrow.
Tammy Bartlett says lowering levels at the lake affected her fishing.
"We ended up catching about 20 lbs yesterday verses 80 lbs the day before," said Bartlett. "So it was pretty bad fishing, but we still caught some fish and we enjoyed eating them last night for supper."
The holiday flooding has the Power Commission's campsite completely submerged with water. Rentfrow says the lake's levels started rising again last night.
"So we've got more water coming in than what you see going out," said Rentfrow.
He expects the lake to refill over the next three to four days and says that families living around the lake are not in danger.
"The water should not get into anyone's house, it should not cause any damage," said Rentfrow.
Rentfrow is encouraging people to stay off the lake and be cautious on how they are getting around the water because it is swifter. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Crisp County Power Commission at 229-273-3811.
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