Valdosta Daily Times

March 3, 2013

Roads start to clear as flood dwindles

Quinten Plummer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — As the Withlacoochee River recedes below its “minor flood stage” classification, Gornto Road and the stretch of U.S. 84 between Quitman and Valdosta have both been cleared for traffic, according to county officials.

The river’s height at Skipper Bridge Road was just over 16 feet at around 5 p.m. On Saturday afternoon, after cresting at 21.8 feet in the early hours of Friday morning, according to the NWS’ (National Weather Services) Tallahassee office. The river was expected to dip to 11 feet by Thursday morning (March 7), according to the NWS.

While most major

thoroughfares have been reopened, several roads remain closed in Brooks and Lowndes County. Closed roads in Lowndes County include Clyattville Nankin, Rocky Ford, Marty, Wells, Rowland, Morven, Knights Ferry Road and Frank’s Creek Bridge on Shiloh Road, according to county officials.

Roads that remain closed in Brooks County include 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.