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Jasper County Residents Displaced by River Flooding

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Jasper County, S.C. -

The river watch remains in full effect tonight along the Savannah River.

Waters levels are on the rise on certain parts of the river.

Last week the flood gates opened up at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam near Augusta-- millions of gallons of water spilling out. But this week Savannah could begin feeling the effects of the water released from flood reservoirs.

Today, I traveled to Jasper County in South Carolina-- where elevated waters are undeniable.

Flooding along the lower Savannah River has forced more than a dozen Jasper County residents from their homes.

The rising water levels have taken over yards, homes and streets in the Snooks Lake area.

"Eight months ago we were talking about, where's all the water?"

Now the water is here and there is a lot of it.

David Peterson is the Natural Disaster Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He is monitoring the area along with Jasper County Emergency Services. He says this is no accident.

"At the Savannah district, we have some top notch hydraulic engineers. Their whole job is to study the river and the effects of the river coming down stream. They control the river to match what is going to be flowing downstream."

But this area of the county has seen more water than it can handle. Russell Wells, with Jasper EMA says working with the Corps has allowed them to keep residents informed when the water takes over.

"What we have done is encourage the people living in those areas to vacate; we do not have the resources internally to reach you in the event of a fire or emergency."

We finally found Tom Goethe Road, or at least what's left of it. It was completely under water and it is the result of extra water from the river meeting swamps that are at capacity.

If you are wondering how residents are getting around, don't worry---they have ditched the cars and are traveling by boat instead.

"We have asked the South Carolina DOT to close this road to residents only because this is not a safe area to have everyone traveling on," says Wells.

While all of this may seem like a headache now, Peterson assures good news---and dryer days are on the way.

"Right now, what we've seen is that the Savannah River has crested at the Clio gauge. So over the next few days we should see lower water, plus they have declined the amount of water being released."

To give you an idea of how much water is coming our way, here is the breakdown.

One cubic foot equals about 7.48 gallons.

Fifty-five thousand cubic feet of water is heading our way every second. That's more than 411 thousand gallons per second. That is a lot of water, and we could be seeing even more through the weekend.

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