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NWS advises to avoid flooded areas over weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Flint River in Decatur County on Thursday.

At the time of issuance, the river level reading was at 26.98 feet. The river continued to rise to 27.5 feet Friday morning and is expected to fall below flood stage by Sunday before midnight. The flood stage is 25 feet. The warning is scheduled to last until Monday morning, the NWS reported.

All persons with interest along the river should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take necessary precautions to protect life and property. Do not drive cars through flooded areas, the NWS said.

Historical crests for the Flint River in Bainbridge are 37.2 feet on July 14, 1994, 34.65 feet on March 13, 1998, 30.91 feet on April 4, 2009, and 29.35 feet on April 1, 2005.

Residents in low lying and flood prone areas should closely monitor weather conditions.
Mandatory evacuations are not being made at this time. Residents should make preparations to protect life and property.

No local shelters have been opened at this time.

Citizens with questions regarding flood preparedness or sandbags should contact Decatur County Emergency Management at 229-248-3869.