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City of Bainbridge warning residents to be prepared for more Flint River flooding

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 10:07:00-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — The water levels are above their normal height in Bainbridge, approximately 26 feet.

The road is completely under water.

Due to the high levels, the boat basin and campgrounds are closed until further notice.

Bainbridge Public Safety put up barricades Thursday morning to stop people from driving through the area.

Hatcher Road, near Cheney Griffin Park, remains closed, along with the Earle May Boat Basin.

Tyler Loyd, has lived in Bainbridge all of his life. Seeing the river this high comes as a shock to him.

"It's unbelievable," said Lloyd. "I've never seen it get this high. It's surprising to me. I hope it doesn't get too bad up here."

According to the National Weather Service, this is is the highest the water has been in Bainbridge the last four years. The river reached 30.28 ft on Jan. 4, 2016.

Decatur County Emergency Management says the river is expected to rise to 27.5 feet by Friday morning.

County leaders, like Ryan Dean, the assistant Fire Chief for the City of Bainbridge, say evacuations are not being made at this time; however, people should prepare now to protect themselves and their property.

"Obey the warning signs," said Dean. "If they see water over the roadway they need to stop. If they see barricades they don't need to go through them. Just keep yourself safe and stay away from the water "

Bainbridge Public safety says they haven't received any emergency calls, but are asking people to stay informed via the city's social media for any updates.