Flooding a concern in coming days

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

“The water has built up and they have opened the gates on us,” Nelson said.

On the Apalachicola, Nelson said, flood stage is 15 feet but the concern arrives with water that reaches 21-23 feet in depth.

At that point, water begins to become an issue on roadways in low-lying areas and around boat landings.

The issues are compounded, Nelson said, by the amount of water that is also entering the Chipola River basin.

“That is our problem,” Nelson said.

Nelson said his office was already working with Public Works on staging of equipment and preparations and said he thought flooding could begin as soon as Sunday or Monday.

“Right now we are trying to get a handle on how much water and the timing,” Nelsobn said. “We are going to start putting things in place and get ready for it.”

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