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Major flood stage changes proposed for Muckalee Creek

In December there was never any flood warning on the Muckalee Creek, because it never reached any action stage. (Source: WALB) In December there was never any flood warning on the Muckalee Creek, because it never reached any action stage. (Source: WALB)
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Lee County Emergency Management Director James Howell (Source: WALB) Lee County Emergency Management Director James Howell (Source: WALB)
Harold West has lived on the Muckalee Creek since 1981, and he relies on the Emergency Management warnings. (Source: WALB) Harold West has lived on the Muckalee Creek since 1981, and he relies on the Emergency Management warnings. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Emergency managers and National Weather Service officials are proposing major flood stage changes for the Muckalee Creek.

They want to inform the public and get your input.

In the December flood, water got into homes and across roads along the Muckalee Creek, but the National Weather Service never sent out a flood warning, because the creek never reached official flood levels.  So now officials want to lower many of those levels.

Harold West has lived on the Muckalee Creek since 1981, and he relies on the Emergency Management warnings.

"We've lived here a long time and we just watch to know that the most about when the water is coming up," West said.

In December there was never any flood warning on the Muckalee Creek, because it never reached any action stage.

"During this event we actually had water get into several homes around the basement. Got into air conditioning equipment. Across the road in several places," said Lee County Emergency Management Director James Howell. "So in emergency management we consider this a flood. So does the National Weather Service."

After researching historical data, EMA officials developed new proposed Flood Levels. 

Action stage would remain at 11 feet.

Minor Flood Stage would be lowered two feet to 13 feet.

Moderate Flood stage would be lowered 2 feet 8 inches, to 15 feet.

Major Flood Stage would be lowered 4 feet to 17 feet.

The idea is to provide a more better warning for people who live in the creek area.

"We establish data. We try and keep the best records we can," Howell said. "And as time goes on we see these things change. And then we try to track those changes."

West plans on attending Tuesday night's input meeting.

The meeting will be a chance for public input. The proposed changes are scheduled to go into effect March 8th.

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