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Bracing for flooding after dam releases water

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Mie Lucas has been hustling around all afternoon. As Augusta's disaster preparedness coordinator, she's making sure everyone is ready for a potential disaster.

"We've gotten lots of rain, it's rained almost nonstop, for days," she said. "And so we want to make sure we're not getting major flooding."

To make matters worse, the Army Corps was forced to increase water release out of Clarks Hill Lake to 37,000 cubic feet per second, prompting river levels to rise downstream.

"Be prepared for that," Lucas warned. "Be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Don't wait for the last minute. Go ahead and get out before you need a water rescue."

And though the entire CSRA is being deluged by rain, there are some specific spots to watch out for.

"Real concern is Rosier Road," Lucas explained. "That area tends to flood, right there where those properties back up to Butler Creek. So we've notified our citizens in those communities through our emergency alert notifications."

The inundation is also impacting recreation; spots like the Augusta Riverwalk and Lock and Dam Park are just too close to the water's edge.

"We don't want anyone to be injured," Lucas said. "So until further notice, the Riverwalk will be closed from 8th Street to the marina."

She's now on standby, waiting to see what the rain will do next.

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