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Historic Apalachicola River Flooding Prompts Voluntary Evacuations

Historic Apalachicola River Flooding Prompts Voluntary Evacuations
Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 14:16:28-05

CHATTAHOOCHEE (WTXL) - Flood warnings continue for the Apalachicola and Flint Rivers for most of this week.

The Apalachicola River crested at 71.6 ft Sunday evening in Chattahoochee. This is the third highest crest the river has ever seen at that location! Records go back to 1957. The highest crest on record occurred on July 10, 1994 with a height of 76.29 ft.

Minor flooding will continue through the weekend. Meanwhile, moderate flooding will continue in Blountstown until Tuesday morning near the Apalachicola River.

Voluntary evacuations are issued for those on the west side of the Franklin and Liberty County lines. Sandbags are available at the Apalachicola State Yard until 5 pm Monday evening.

Across state lines, the Flint River in Bainbridge crested Monday morning at 30.2 ft. Moderate flooding will continue until at least Saturday. This is the 10th highest crest ever experienced at that location.