The Apalachicola River is rising but in manageable fashion – the Chipola River was another story Tuesday.
Levels of the Chipola River at Altha spiked early this week to 20.5 feet on Tuesday, said county emergency manager Marshall Nelson.
Nelson said forecasts are for the river to crest at 26.8 feet at Altha by Wednesday and he said that water will move fairly quickly into Gulf County.
Low-lying areas are already under a flood warning, Nelson said.
“That might create a problem,” Nelson said.
Due to relatively smaller Chipola basin in comparison to the Apalachicola, Nelson said, that water will be problematic.
“We kind of thought the problem would be the Chipola,” Nelson said. “We are probably going to have some issues on down to Howard Creek in the next day or so.”
Lake Seminole, the source of the Apalachicola River, has some room for water, Nelson said and there remains room in the basis at the river had risen to 19.4 feet on Tuesday.
Added to issues of water sweeping into the Chipola basin, Nelson said, is that there is flooding or the threat of flooding from the Dead Lakes north.
Heavy rains Tuesday morning only compounded flooding potential, Nelson said.
The Board of County Commissioners passed a declaration of a local state of emergency last week with provisions it could be extended.
That allowed Nelson and Public Works to begin preparing for flood waters by deploying county assets to address problems in low-lying areas.