The Brantley County Emergency Management Agency is cautioning the public to prepare for yet another Satilla River flood this week as waters cross flood stage on Tuesday and surpass several historical records.
According to National Weather Service predictions, the Satilla will jump from its current level of about 11.3 feet up to flood stage – 13 feet – between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning based on readings from the river bridge in Atkinson.
And the waters won’t stop there, officials said. NWS reports predict the river will increase to 14.8 feet by the weekend – a nearly six foot increase in a week.
The near 15 foot waters are not as high as the flooding from last month, but will still be the thirty-third highest flood water recorded in the last century – though this is well below the 27 foot flood water record in 1929 and still labeled as minor flooding by NWS standards.