CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - Crews in Crisp County have begun working to prevent as much flooding as possible as heavy rain is expected to head into the area over the holiday weekend.
It's not necessarily flooding on the lake the county's Emergency Management Agency is focusing on.
Instead, crews are preparing for possible flash flooding.
"The storms that come through will drop an amount of rain in a short period of time," explained Sheriff Billy Hancock.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for north and central Georgia Thursday. As of Thursday afternoon, that watch is set to expire Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
Public Works in Crisp County have begun working to clear out drains and ditches in hopes of keeping standing water off the roads.
"Pay attention to how the water's going over the road," said Clint Martin, a game warden with the Department of Natural Resources. "Don't go through it. Stop, turn around and try to find another route."
When law enforcement gets word of water over certain roads, they will close them off.
The Crisp County Sheriff's Office does have extra patrols set for Memorial Day weekend, so if weather-related emergencies come up, there will be additional staff to help.
Sheriff Hancock said people should stay weather aware at all times over the next few days.
"With the amount of traffic and people that are traveling this weekend, we certainly want to make sure they're aware of the possibility and the dangers," Sheriff Hancock explained.
Officials are watching how much rain is falling north of Lake Blackshear on the Flint River, which flows through the lake. If it's too much, that could cause problems with flooding on Lake Blackshear. Right now, Sheriff Hancock said they are not expecting that.
The Crisp County Power Commission is keeping an eye on water levels on Lake Blackshear. That commission would decide whether any floodgates need to be opened.