The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GMA) issued a flood warning Tuesday morning for Jeff Davis County and other counties along the Altamaha River.
At 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Altamaha at Charlotteville (the Uvalda Bridge) was at 14.8 feet while flood stage is 13 feet. The forecast was that the river would continue rising to near 19.2 feet by Sunday morning and additional rises may be possible thereafter.
According to the GEMA warning, at 19 ft. minor flooding expands upstream and downstream from the Highway 221 bridge (Uvalda Bridge). Flood waters near three feet deep would cover Towns Bluff Lane and flood the slab foundations of elevated homes. Flooding would expand further into Montgomery County with water 5-7 feet deep over large portions of Three Rivers Lane, Altamaha River Road and Ogle Sandbar road. The water is expected to reach the top of boat ramps and parking lots will begin to flood in Towns Bluff Park and along the end of Uvalda Landing Road in Jeff Davis County.
GEMA warned that all persons with interest along the river should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take necessary precautions to protect life and property. Do not drive cars through flooded areas. If you see flood waters, remember to turn around and do not drown.
For graphical hydrologic information, go to weather.gov and click on Georgia. Select Rivers and Lakes under current weather. The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service page provides current and forecast river information…Gage locations…Impacts… and historical crest information for all forecast points by clicking on each point.