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Concerns grow over Flint River flooding in Bainbridge

Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 17:26:39-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — Last week, parts of the Earle May Boat Basin and campgrounds closed after the river crested at just over 27 feet.

Now, heavy rainfall in south Georgia this week could cause more flooding in the area.

Due to the recent rains across parts of southern and central Georgia, we've been seeing some local rivers across the Big Bend and south Georgia swell up.

One of those includes the Flint River at Bainbridge.

Currently sitting around 24 feet in action stage, we are expecting the Flint River to make it into minor flood stage by Saturday and moderate flood stage by Sunday.

The forecast has it continuing to climb until it eventually crests on Monday at 32 and a half feet.

Expected impacts include flooding at local businesses along the river, including the Alberta Freight Lumber Yard, the Flint River Grain mill and the Flint River RV Park.

If the river continues to climb next week past 33 feet, we could see some impacts beginning at local homes near East River Road.

The most important thing is to stay up to date with the forecast and not to try to drive or walk through flood areas.

In preparation for the rising flood waters, the City of Bainbridge and Bainbridge Public Safety have placed barricades across roads at the Earle May Boat Basin.

Decatur County EMA is offering sandbags for anyone affected by river flooding.

You can pick them up at the Decatur County Correctional Facility on Butler Ferry Road. The limit is 25 per household.