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March 1, 2013

Evacuations, road closures mark rising waters

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VALDOSTA —

Lowndes, Brooks close roads

In response to rising water levels, Lowndes County and Brooks County have shut down several roads.

In an official press release, Lowndes County officials announced that Shiloh Road, Clyattville Nankin Road, Morven Road and Gornto Road would remain closed until the water recedes.

Local rivers are still flowing well above flood stage in most areas of the county, according to officials.

The Little River crested at Ga. 122 Wednesday afternoon, but the crest is still continuing downstream. Points south of 122 can still expect up to an additional foot of vertical rise in the water level, with the crest expected to hit the Ga. 133 boat ramp Thursday night.

The Withlacoochee River crested at Skipper Bridge Road early Thursday morning. It may take several days for the waters to recede and people along Little River and Sugar Creek can expect an additional foot of rise in the water level before it crests.

The river area along U.S. 84 is expected to crest Friday morning at 32 feet, which is two and a half feet below the level it crested at in 2009. All lanes of U.S. 84 were closed Thursday evening due to flooding, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Reports from homeowners along the Withlacoochee River tells stories of slowly rising water levels, and of back doors opening to open water.

Brooks County reports that the following roads are closed as of Feb. 28: 751 Emerson Road to Grooverville Road, Ham City Road from S.R. Hwy 84 to Old Thomasville Road, Cannon Road between Marso Road and Hester Road, Lawson Pond Road at Lowndes County, Rocky Ford Road off Nankin Road, Spain Road off Jackson Road, Nankin Road Bridge at Lowndes County, McAllister Road, Hempstead Road to Alderman Road, Radford Road to Milton Road to Madison, Florid, Moody Road to Burton Road, Alderman Road North of State Hwy 122, Monument Church Road at Brooks Co. Dairy, Bethlehem Church Road of Greenville Highway, Reedy Creek Road to Pedrick Road to Tom Lodge Road, Lee Road, Tucker Road to 3306 Beasley Road and Intersection of Hempstead Church Road & Burton Road to Hempstead Church Road Bridge.

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