CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - The process of closing the gates at Lake Blackshear was slowed Thursday as rain pounded much of central and South Georgia.
There is good news though, as those flood gates shoot the water downstream.
"The lake level and the tailrace are dropping very slowly," said Crisp County Power Commission Production Manager Ronnie Miller.
Levels at the lake had fallen about 6 inches over the last 12 hours by Thursday afternoon, and that effect is expected to make its way to Albany soon.
However, more rain is falling on an area of Dooly County that is already flooded.
That's slowing the process of closing the gates.
Flooding still is not expected to occur on most of Lake Blackshear.
"We're anticipating the levels to stay, to not go above where they're already at," said Miller.
As for Albany, Miller hopes that by releasing the water now, levels on the Flint will stay about the same.
The level at the lake could fluctuate a little bit over the next week.
"The new rain is going to make it crest back up probably middle of next week, about the same level that it went to earlier this week," said Miller.
The gates will remain open for the time being but officials still hope to continue the 10-day process of closing them soon.
The Flint bottomed out in Montezuma at about 19 feet this week, but Miller expects rainfall from the north to bring the crest back to 22 feet by next week before that water runs into Blackshear.