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Crisp Power opens flood gates at Lake Blackshear dam

From a release issued Thursday morning by the Crisp County Power Commission:

“High Flow Event

March 5, 2020 9AM

 Rainfall from the severe weather in the last 24 hours was greater than forecast.  In addition to local flooding from local rains the Flint River is forecast to crest at Montezuma on Sunday March 8 at 22.7 feet, approximately 53,500 cfs.  To prepare for this the Power Commission has been lowering the level of Lake Blackshear.  It is currently 1.4 feet below normal at the Dam and we have all available flood gates open.  We anticipate lowering it 3 to 4 feet below normal over the next 48 hours.  The Peak Flows should pass through Lake Blackshear Sunday-Tuesday next week.

While the Lake is below normal at the Dam, it may be above normal North of Highway 280 due to the constriction caused by the narrowing of the Lake at the RR trestle.

This information is posted on our Website:   WWW.CRISPCOUNTYPOWER.COM and we will update this site as the situation develops.”