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Lee County's creeks not expected to flood, crews prepare for heavy rain

Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area. (Source: WALB) Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area. (Source: WALB)
If the threat of flooding increases, the county's co-manager, Mike Sistrunk, said crews are prepared to make sandbags for residents. (Source: WALB) If the threat of flooding increases, the county's co-manager, Mike Sistrunk, said crews are prepared to make sandbags for residents. (Source: WALB)
he Lee County Fire and Emergency Services Command staff took part in a National Weather Service briefing Thursday afternoon. (Source: WALB) he Lee County Fire and Emergency Services Command staff took part in a National Weather Service briefing Thursday afternoon. (Source: WALB)
Chief David Forrester. (Source: WALB) Chief David Forrester. (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area.

The water level at the Muckalee Creek at the Forrester Road Bridge at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday was well below flood level.

The Kinchafoonee Creek is expected to remain below the flood stage of 13 feet.

"We are watching this system and we are in touch with the National Weather Service. We will put out any advisories or any warnings as we get them. We will also be monitoring our creek levels hourly from this point forward," said Chief David Forrester with Lee County Fire and Emergency Services.

County crews were not making sandbags on Thursday. But, if the threat of flooding increases, the county's co-manager, Mike Sistrunk, said crews are prepared to make sandbags for residents.

Sand was being put down on several dirt roads in central and northern parts of the county, as a precaution in case of heavy rain.

Crews threw sand down on Old Leslie Road at Highway 195.

This road can become difficult to travel during very heavy rainfall.

"Our crews are out, just to be on the safe side, checking drains, checking catch basins, checking main drainage pipes to make sure we don't have anything in the way of keeping the water flowing," explained Sistrunk. 

The Lee County Fire and Emergency Services Command staff took part in a National Weather Service briefing Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

EMA teams from Georgia and the Florida panhandle took part in the call.

Chief Forrester said the major potential for flooding problems exist in a combination of factors.

"There has been a system that has stalled in the Columbus area. And, some of that water may be coming down our creeks in the next few days. And, with this system coming up into the Gulf, it does concern us. But, we want our citizens to know that we will be monitoring this and watching it very closely and should we need to get a message out, we will put it out through the media," said Forrester.

There will be another National Weather Service briefing overnight.

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