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February 25, 2013

Ochlockonee headed for flood stage

THOMASVILLE — The bad news is the Ochlockonee River might spill over its banks.

The good news is not a lot of people live along the river’s banks in Thomas and Grady counties.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Monday that said the Ochlockonee could rise above flood stage — 18 feet — by Wednesday night.

“Typically, we do not have any issues with the Ochlockonee River and homes flooded,” said Chris Jones, Thomas County emergency management director.

Residences on Flamingo Road near the river bridge on U.S. 19 North sometimes become surrounded by river water, “but no water seems to get in those homes,” Jones explained.

Some weekend retreat-type houses are on the Ochlocknee in Grady County.

“They might be above the water, but getting in and out is their problem,” Jim Ellis, Grady County emergency management director, said about flood-prone areas near the river.

Ellis warned about playing in storm drains during heavy rainfall. The water is swift and deep, he explained.

Ellis reported five rain-related wrecks Monday morning in Grady County.

See Tuesday's edition for more details.

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