It was a rainy night in Georgia

Published 4:52 pm Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Bainbridge area received large amounts of rain from storms that passed through Decatur County Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, causing flash flood warnings and Flint River levels to rise.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area by the national weather service out of Tallahassee, Fla. Flash flood warning followed as the rain continued to pour late into the night.

Certain low-lying streets and areas quickly filled with water, causing hazardous conditions for drivers.

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Standing water and road flooding was reported on several streets including Boulevard Drive, Evans and Culbert streets, said Bainbridge Public Safety Chief Larry Funderburke.

E-911 also received calls about flooding on Spring Creek and Vada roads, and West, Shotwell and Scott streets. The storm was attributed to several downed trees on Faceville Highway, East River and Zorn roads that caused damage to power lines.

The Decatur County Industrial Park reported receiving between 5 to 7 inches of rain from the storms, and local citizens reported similar results from home rain gauges.

On Thursday, the Flint River water level was measured at 19.9 feet. The national weather service has issued a flood warning for the Bainbridge area to take affect Saturday afternoon when the river level is expected to rise above the 25-foot flood stage. Moderate flooding is forecasted, and water levels are expected to continue to rise to near 28.4 foot by Tuesday morning.

As a result of the storms that continued to pass through Decatur County on Thursday, the annual Bainbridge Christmas Parade was postponed until Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.