Four years ago, in April, parts of Lowndes County were flooded as heavy rains north of the area flowed downstream, causing area creeks and rivers to rise well above flood stage. Residents in those same areas are greatly concerned, haunted by memories of the flood in 2009, as they watch water levels continue to rise around their homes after torrential rains berated the southeast between February 22 and February 26.
Some parts of south Georgia saw more than 13 inches of rain in that short period this past weekend. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee compiled rainfall totals from the course of those 5 days. The rainfall was generated by a combination of the moist subtropical jet stream off the Gulf of Mexico, a series of upper level disturbances and a generally stationary surface front.
Unfortunately, with such a sudden inundation of rainfall, the rivers and creeks haven’t been able to carry the water away fast enough, and flooding is resulting despite the rain having stopped on Tuesday. In fact, the area has been placed under a flood warning for the flooding taking place. Unfortunately, measuring stations only exist at two points along the Withlacoochee River and Sugar Creek in Lowndes County, which limits flood measurement and forecasting.
Water level forecasting
As water levels rose into the night last night, several families worked fervently to move belongings into temporary shelter, anticipating continued water rise. As of this morning, river/creek flooding in Valdosta is causing some road closures and some flooding of structures. Fortunately, the reports are that the water level north of Valdosta at Skipper Bridge has begun to crest, but it is anticipated that water levels will continue to rise south of Highway 41 throughout today. By tomorrow, the water is expected to have crested along much of northern and central Lowndes County.