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Army Corps of Engineers warn of potential Savannah River flooding


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week began releasing water from flood storage reservoirs at Hartwell, Richard Russell and J. Strom Thurmond Lakes. Officials are warning of potential flooding along the Savannah River.

It takes about a week for that water to make its way to the Savannah area once it leaves the flood gate. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, these reservoir releases will cause water levels along the Savannah River to rise above normal to about 24 inches upstream and to 10 inches closer to the coast. It is the combination of the high tide and the water release that will cause dangerous conditions. Officials are not only warning people on shore to be careful, they're also warning people on the river.

"This will make for some very potentially dangerous conditions on the river. The velocity of the river is going to be high. The level of the river is going to be high," says Billy Birdwell, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  "We are actually advising people if they can, stay off the river. And if you are on the river, be sure to wear your lifejacket at all times."

Another place you could see some potential flooding is along U.S. 80 eastbound on the way Tybee Island.

Officials predict the highest tide will be Monday night at 8.7 feet. Beginning Saturday, you might see Georgia Department of Transportation warning signs along U.S. 80.

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