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Residents, river advocates say flooding is not all bad

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ELLABELL, GA (WTOC) -

Many counties in the Coastal Empire remain under a flood warning along the Ogeechee River. The river remains at 10.4 feet, passing the flood stage at 9 feet but well below the moderate flood stage at 12 feet.

While some brace for the worst, the former Ogeechee Riverkeeper tells WTOC it might be a blessing in disguise.

Dianna Wedincamp, who stepped down as Riverkeeper late last year, says not only is the rain good, but the flooding she says is helping to flush out damage caused by a fish kill more than a year ago. Residents along the river agree, hoping the flooding will cleanse the river naturally, and help bring back wildlife.

While they say all the recent rain was very much needed, they still have to deal with the aftermath in the form of flooding.

Bo Saxon, an Eden resident whose family lives at Dasher's Landing, took WTOC out on a golf cart to show us how the floods have already washed out several back dirt roads the river community uses.

No major problems have been reported, but homes along the deeper parts of the river are only accessible by boat.

An expected crest of 11 feet is predicted for late in the week.

Long time river residents say until it hits the 13 or 14 foot mark, they won't worry. 

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