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Savannah River Water Could Splash Up On River Street

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All eyes are on River Street Sunday night to see if the Savannah River will get high enough for water to spill over on the walkways. High tide is around 8 p.m.

"We probably won't see any flooding but it will be right up to the brim there so it will be something to come and look at," said the Spokesman for the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Russell Wicke.

Russell Wicke, the Spokesman for the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said when you mix above average tides with water released from dams upstream into the Savannah River you get higher water levels.

"Our average release rates for Thurmond dam around this time a year is around 5,000 cubic feet per second of water and right now we are releasing more than 30,000 cubic feet per second so that's almost ten times as much water that we are releasing for this time of year," said Wicke.

With the threat of water washing ashore, low lying public parking lots along River Street are closed but Wicke said there shouldn't be any property damage.

"We don't have any concerns if we did we would have notified city officials," said Wicke.

One concern though is for the safety of those out on the water.

"There's been high winds that come with the rain and so there's a lot of debris in the river and the river is a lot faster so we are encouraging people to not be on the river on boats if you don't have to be," said Wicke.

Wicke predicts by Friday the water levels should go back down to normal.

"Our outflows are going to be decreased and because there's less rain I think we've seen the peak of what we are going to see right now," said Wicke.

Water could potentially come up on River Street Monday night as well.

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