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Homeowners Prepared As Ogeechee River Floods

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EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA -

Following the break in the dam in Screven County, emergency officials kept their eyes on the water levels of the Ogeechee River.  Fortunately those levels didn't rise as high as some had originally feared but with the constant wet weather some of the water has already been washing up at homes in Effingham County near the Eden community.

Homeowners who live along the Ogeechee know they need to make sure their items are secure or they could be out of luck.

"Find stuff in the woods that have floated off. We try to tie everything down but some things you miss," said Don Chance.

Don Chance forgot to tie down his boat trailer so on Sunday he had to wade through the water looking for it. Chance said you can't mind getting wet if you live near the river.

"We enjoy it down here, it's a lot of fun, it's quiet, and it's private," said Chance.

Those who live near the Ogeechee River know that flooding is just a way of life.

"When the water gets up higher it doesn't hurt anything as bad as it is now [low] with it just running over the roads, it erodes the road out," said Chance.

To make sure this community doesn't come to harms way the Effingham County Emergency Management Director is keeping his eye on the river.

"With 13 feet water levels once it hits about 14 is when I get really concerned because that's when it starts to breach some of the houses so as long as I can keep it under about 13.6 I think we will be fine," said EEMA Director, Ed Myrick.

Houses supported by beams are keeping homeowners high and dry.

"Those citizens that we have in the area are very resilient, they are very prepared for what's going on, they've made the necessary precautions they need to," said Myrick.

Chance said living near a flooding river isn't for everyone.

"You can't predict it, you can't be a weatherman down here, you just take it as it comes," said Chance.

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