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DOT on standby for potential flooding

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Savannah braces for flooding from dam water upstream combined with spring tides. DOT crews are preparing for the worst along US Highway 80.

Signs are in place along the roadway to alert drivers of upcoming changes or any hazards. If the tides reach beyond the expected nine feet, water could spill onto the road.  

As the tides continue to rise, the City of Tybee is warning boaters and swimmers that large ships in the channel can create wakes or mini-tsunamis that can be dangerous to anyone on or near the shore.

If anyone plans to be out on the water during the high tide they should not rely on their radar system.

 "When you have a larger tide, the signature is non-existent so it looks like one big lake out there and even experienced boaters can get a little confused as far as where the channel is and where it's not," said Capt. Walter Rhame of Seatow.  

He recommends using a GPS if boaters are going to be out on the water Monday tonight but if boaters are unfamiliar with the Savannah River, he said boaters should wait to go out at low tide.

 "[Wait to] see where the mud bars are and see what channel markers are and how everything is set up cause if you go out at low tide, you know where everything is," said Rhame.  

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