Lee Co. officials monitoring Kinchafoonee, Muckalee Creek water levels

Lee Co. officials monitoring Kinchafoonee, Muckalee Creek water levels
Kinchafoonee Creek at Sutton's Landing in Lee County (Source: WALB)

LEE CO., Ga. (WALB) - As of Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported the Kinchafoonee Creek and the Muckalee Creek are showing declining levels.

The Kinchafoonee Creek water level is at 17.61 and Muckalee Creek is at 13.56.

NWS says the Kinchafoonee Creek will drop below minor flood stage on Tuesday, and the Muckalee Creek will fall below minor flood stage on Sunday.

Public safety officials in Lee County are continuing to monitor these areas and provide assistance to those affected by flooding.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is expecting increasing creek levels for the Kinchafoonee Creek as of 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Kinchafoonee Creek’s level is currently at 19.69 feet east of Dawson at Pinewood Raod in Lee County. It is projected to reach 20.1 feet by Thursday night. This is in the moderate flood stage for that area of the creek.

Nikki Celinski is the 911 Coordinator & Deputy EMA Director in Lee County.

She says “right now county officials are out observing documenting the current state of the roadways that are flooded. We have had some road closures come in. We’re just constantly monitoring the creek levels and the impact that its showing on the community at this time.”

Law enforcement is out in force on Creekside Drive, keeping non-residents out of the area. Officials said the Kinchafoonee is threatening some homes on the road and encourage residents who do not feel safe to evacuate the area. It is not a mandatory evacuation. Drivers should avoid the area as officials monitor the situation.

NWS also said the Muckalee Creek, near Leesburg, is at 16.34 feet, which is also within the moderate flood stage and is projected to rise to 16.7 feet by Thursday evening.

Lee County EMA officials said they are continuously monitoring the creek levels and the flooded areas throughout the night.

At this time, the NWS is encouraging residents to stay watchful of the creek levels and to be safe while on the road.

Lee County Public Works is still giving out sandbags. There is a limit of 20 per household, it is located at 759 Highway 32 East.

If any residents need assistance, you can call Lee County 911 or the non-emergency number at (229) 759-6012.

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