Flint River, area creeks at modest levels

ALBANY, Ga. -- Seemingly constant rains over the past weeks may have evoked, for some, memories of the Great Glood of 1994. But according to the deputy director of Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management, the area is doing well.

According to Jim Vaught, as of 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Flint River, as measured at the Georgia Power Dam in Albany, stood at 7.2 feet — well short of the official flood stage level of 26 feet. The Muckalee Creek registered at 7.3 feet and the Kinchafoonie Creek at 6.9 feet. Each would have to roughly double in volume before residents would experience problems.

Vaught said his department is closely monitoring the current “wild card” — Tropical Storm Dorian, at press time headed west toward Cuba and the Caribbean. While no one is scrabbling for lifeboats at this time, officials continue to monitor each new situation.

“Dorian could intensify and come into the Gulf (of Mexico),” Vaught said. “Or it could break apart and cease to be a problem. Right now we don’t see it as something to be worried about.”

Vaught said that during the hurricane season, which continues through November, there could be some 20 sizable storms that bear watching.

“I tell people that in every season there’s only one storm that’s important, and that’s the one that’s coming your way,” he said.