A curious onlooker leans over the railing of a bench on the river walk to look at rising river water at Riverfront Park.
ALBANY, Ga. The National Weather Service has downgraded its flood level predictions for the Flint River to 22.7 feet, down from 27 feet earlier in the week.
According to a 9:30 a.m. revision Tuesday, the river is expected to crest at 22.7 feet around 10 a.m. Friday, nearly 4 feet below flood stage of 26 feet.
The Kinchafoonee Creek in Lee County, however, is still expected to crest well above flood stage at 17.2 feet at some point after 10 a.m. Friday.
The NWS predicts the Kinchafoonee will top out at a “moderate” flooding level before receding back to normal levels over the weekend. Flood stage for the Kinchafoonee is 13 feet.
The creek was observed Tuesday at 12.2 feet and is expected to reach flood stage at some point today.
Points further south are still expected to have flooding issues, according to NWS. In Thomasville, the Ocklockonee River has already surpassed its flood stage of 15 feet and is expected to hit 21.3 feet sometime today.
In Bainbridge, the Flint River is expected to flood to moderate levels Friday when the National Weather Service predicts it will hit 28.1 feet, more than 3 feet above flood stage. Current levels have it at 23.29 feet.
The rainy weather has caused havoc for many local school districts, prompting several across the region to close schools Tuesday. While most will be re-open today, some, including Baconton Charter School and the Colquitt County School System, will remain closed.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Worth County Commission Chairman Mike Cosby was one of the first in the region to sign a disaster declaration. Should the state declare the county a disaster area, state and federal dollars will become available.