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Emergency crews get sandbags to help residents in Bainbridge

Officials are working to help residents impacted by flooding but warn people to be cautious. Officials are working to help residents impacted by flooding but warn people to be cautious.
Thanks to Decatur County Emergency Management, residents have started putting out sandbags in front of their homes. Thanks to Decatur County Emergency Management, residents have started putting out sandbags in front of their homes.
Emergency crews picked up 5,000 sandbags Wednesday for residents to secure their homes from more flooding in the area. Emergency crews picked up 5,000 sandbags Wednesday for residents to secure their homes from more flooding in the area.
Fire Chief and EMA Director Charlie McCann Fire Chief and EMA Director Charlie McCann
Tom Wheeler Tom Wheeler
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

The Flood Warning for the Flint River in Bainbridge continues as crews are working to help residents prepare.

Thanks to Decatur County Emergency Management, residents have started putting out sandbags in front of their homes.

Emergency crews picked up 5,000 sandbags Wednesday for residents to secure their homes from more flooding in the area. Several people have already put them to good use.

"They'll need to sandbag it and it wouldn't hurt to put a piece of plastic on it just like this right here behind us to keep the water from seeping through the sandbags they can cover with plastic, basically that's the only way their going to keep the water from coming across," said Fire Chief and EMA Director Charlie McCann.

Officials said that they've been patrolling neighborhoods in Riverview, Rivervale, and Flint River Heights. Because most of these homes are in low lying areas, they've advised homeowners to move their furniture to higher ground.

Tom Wheeler said he has been helping his neighbor move their belongings to a safe and dry area.

"We just got through taking care of a dock, a floating dock. We released it so they can free float, just whatever we can do to help. We're pitching in around here," explained Wheeler. 

Emergency Management Crews also said that residents need to stay off of the water.

"I know there were some incidents yesterday where I seen some individuals on boats on the river I highly don't recommend getting on the river right now with the highness and swiftness of that water. They need to stay off of the river," said McCann.

According to the National Weather Service the river will reach 31 and a half feet by Monday.

Crews from Decatur County Management said residents who need sandbags can pick them up on Butler Ferry Road next to the Decatur County Correctional Institute in Bainbridge.

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