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Water was released this weekend from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam near Augusta. Water was released this weekend from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam near Augusta.
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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

City of Savannah leaders closed River Street parking lots Friday, as water levels continue to rise. In Jasper County, several residents began to leave their homes Friday, to seek higher ground. Savannah City leaders released this plan Friday, of what areas they expect to see flooding occurring over the next 24 hours:

"We are anticipating potential flooding of the Savannah River due to the increase in water from Army Corps of Engineer releases of dams upstream and an above average tide, we are preparing for:

• Potential flooding of parking lots on River Street

• Potential flood waters and debris coming over the wall and flooding portions of the Plaza and the Park on the East End near the Marriott.

• The greatest threat as of the time and date above appears to be during the periods of high tide on Sunday and Monday.

In response to these threats, Personnel from the City met and developed contingency procedures that were approved by the City Manager.

• Parking Services will begin to notify drivers that the Parking Lots on River Street will be closed beginning at 5PM on Friday through Monday due to potential flooding. It is anticipated they will be installing signs during the morning of Friday July 19th.

• SCMPD and Leisure Services will be prepared to tape off and restrict access to the plaza and areas along the river to foot traffic if the waters come over the wall.

Should water come over the seawall and River Street or the plaza must be closed, City Emergency Management will coordinate a meeting with Engineers from Development Services, Risk Management, Park and Tree and Parking and Mobility Services, Public Works, SCMPD and others to ensure proper inspections are completed before any portions are reopened."

A concert planned Friday on River Street is still scheduled, officials say.

The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting mariners in the Savannah area to expect significantly higher and faster-moving water on the Savannah River.
   
Coast Guard officials say the conditions are expected to begin around Thursday and will likely peak with a 10-foot high tide late Monday.

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Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer tells The Savannah Morning News that continuing rains in the upper Savannah River basin have prompted the situation. He said 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.
   
He said that when water is released from the reservoirs, it typically takes about a week for people to feel the effects downstream in Savannah.

Special Statement from Effingham EMA:

In cooperation with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and the Effingham County Fire / Rescue, the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is advising all Effingham County citizens to stay clear of all waterways within Effingham County, especially the Savannah and Ogeechee River. The Savannah River at Tuckasee King (Clyo) has a discharge of 53,800 cubic feet per second and a stage of 18.06 feet which is forecasted to increase to 19.5 feet by tomorrow. We are asking everyone to stay off the waterways due to the increased discharge rate of the water; this advisory extends to boaters as well. The stronger currents are not only a danger to our citizens but also for our first responders in the event of a rescue.

Special Statement from Chatm County leaders:

Over this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has coordinated scheduled releases of three reservoirs feeding the Savannah River. The Thurmond Dam just north of Augusta is the closest reservoir. Due to these scheduled releases, water levels along the Savannah River will rise above normal to about 24" upstream to 10" closer to the coast.

Tides are expected to be higher than normal due to atmospheric conditions and the schedule of the new moon. The highest tide anticipated will be Monday PM with a measurement of about 8.7 feet. Atmospheric conditions (winds from the south west) are anticipated to slightly increase this tide expectation to no more than 9.2' at Fort Pulaski. This tide measurement coupled with the releases from the Thurmond Dam, will most likely produce some minor flooding along the Savannah River. Expectations include possible water on the west end of River Street in the lower level parking areas and river side walkways. Additionally, water over Highway 80 leading to Tybee is likely.

Beginning Saturday, the Savannah River will be monitored and conditions documented at high tide. The Georgia DOT has scheduled to place electronic message boards on Highway 80 alerting drivers of the potential hazard.

The Ogeechee River has crested and is expected to begin dropping after tomorrow.

CEMA will continue monitoring both rivers throughout the weekend and alert you to observations adverse to those listed above.

 

 

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