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Flint River flooding forces evacuations at Bainbridge RV park

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:17:35-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — Water is taking over parts of the Flint River RV park where there is a mandatory evacuation in place.

Almost everyone within the RV park has left to find somewhere else to stay.

"It's pretty insane to see it," Coby Robinson said.

Robinson and his family have parked their RV at the Flint River RV Park for four years now.

The flooding still comes as a shock to them.

"We were here for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael," said Robinson, "and as far as the flooding goes I've never seen anything like this."

Robinson and his family made sure to park their RV on higher ground in the park, and say they're safe.

Through it all, Robinson says the flooding has brought people closer together.

"I've seen a lot of people out here yesterday," he said. "People that own campers in here were helping each other out to get out of harms way. That's nice to see."

At last check, the Flint River is at about 30 feet. This is the highest the water levels have been in about 10 years.

RJ Galloway, the assistance manager of the park, is starting to get nervous about how this will impact visitors looking for a place to stay in the area.

Galloway hopes the river water goes down by the weekend for the sake of his business.

"We are expecting with the river days festival we would be at maximum capacity," said Galloway. "We are hoping we can get everything cleaned up and have the water level go down for then, so we can accommodate everyone that's coming."

Galloway is overall thankful that the situation wasn't worse than what it was.

"Everybody is safe," Galloway said, "which is the main thing, just keeping everybody safe."

The manager said evacuations will remain in place until Wednesday. People who are staying here are asked to check in periodically at the office for any updates.