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Roads and rivers still a concern after rains stop

REIDSVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Waters still flowed over and under Alexander Mill Pond, Hightower and other dirt roads in Tattnall County. Rains stopped Monday morning after showers that dropped roughly a foot of water since Saturday. Walt Rogers, Tattnall County's Emergency Management Agency director, told WTOC that water can't go anywhere quickly.

"We've got nine roads closed (as of Tuesday midday). We're looking at several more that will be overrun by later today. Right now, we're monitoring the situation.

He said they can't begin to bring heavy equipment for repairs until the waters drop and the clay bases under the roads dry. Otherwise, they do more damage to the road. Rogers said none of the closed road sections stranded any residents. All had alternate routes.

Even with clear skies in the forecast for several days, Rogers anticipates even higher levels along the Ohoopee River and other creeks as rainfall from upstream moves.

"It's all rolling downhill. It's all moving downhill..from up around Swainsboro affects us with the Hooper here that's the water that's coming this way," he explained.

Rogers expects the Ohoopee to crest around 19 feet between Thursday night and Friday morning.

In the meantime, Tattnall and some other school systems canceled classes for Wednesday to keep busses off the dirt roads and give them another day to dry.

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