Apalachicola River Rising

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

You might call it a case of adding insult to injury. Once Hurricane Dennis came ashore it produced massive amounts of rain that caused severe flooding in parts of Georgia and Alabama.

All that water has to go somewhere and many people in the Panhandle are worried it's coming their way.

The waters of the Apalachicola River are speeding up after Hurricane Dennis sped through town heading north, dumping almost 10 inches of rain in the Atlanta area.

James Lee, a Gulf County resident, says, "It's going to come up. Now you can bet on that, because the water out of Atlanta, Georgia has not gotten here yet."

Satellite dishes and back yard docks have already been claimed by the river in just two days, and some like Shelly Scroggins fear the homes along the Apalachicola could be next.

Shelly says, "As you can see it's up in these yards all along here. You can't even get to that float dock without wading or you can't get to this one with out wading."

Scroggins says something has to be done about the control of the dams up north, especially when they know there is a hurricane is coming.

"We need somebody to talk to our congressmen or someone and see if we can't get this water system in a little bit better control."

Emergency operation officials in Gulf County say the floods may not be as bad as we had earlier this year, but if you live near the river you should still be thinking about your flood plan.

Marshall Nelson, Gulf County EOC Coordinator, says, "We're looking at minor flooding which will put the water out of the banks and into the yards, so if you have things that are sitting around, such as propane bottles and stuff like lawn mowers, go ahead and get those up to higher elevation."

The Apalachicola River has already gone past its flood stage of 15 feet. It's currently just under 20 feet and expected to crest at 21 feet by Friday.


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