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Flint River to swell, but no flood effect

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County Emergency Management Director wants people to know that the Flint River will rise this week, but not to a level that should do damage.

Monday the Flint River is at about 14 feet, but it is expected to crest around 24 feet Wednesday.  
That won't affect any structures.

Dougherty County Officials say so far this year they have recorded more than 20 inches of rain, while the yearly average is 55 inches.  
Just in the first few days of April, we've already gotten nearly 3 and a half inches of rain in Albany.

Dougherty County EMA Director Ron Rowe said " I want the people to realize that this is the result from the rain we had over the weekend.  And that we are not looking at a flood event.  It's just the rain coming down.  The river is going to swell, and it will slowly recede."

The crest in the December flood event in Albany was 30 feet, so this week's projected 24-foot crest is not a major concern.  
 But EMA officials say you should be careful around the river because of the fast rising water.

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