Weekend rain prompts several local flood warnings

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
December 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Heavy rain that fell over the weekend is causing several local rivers to swell. Multiple flood warnings are in effect through the Big Bend and South Georgia. Water level measurements and impacts are provided by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

Ochlockonee River

A flood warning is in effect for the Ochlockonee River for Leon and Gadsden counties. Rising water could be seen filling ditches and approaching Fairbanks Ferry Rd/ County Road 12 in Leon County.


According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, the water level was measured at 38.8 feet on Tuesday morning. Moderate flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The flood stage at that point in the river is at 36 feet. The river is forecast to rise to near 39 feet by Thursday evening. Once the river reaches 38.5 feet, it could flood County Road 12.

A flood warning is in place for the Ochlockonee River near Thomasville along U.S. 84.


NWS Tallahassee reports the river level was at 17.3 feet on Tuesday morning. For reference, flood stage at that point of the river is 15 feet. The river is forecast to rise to around 17.7 feet by Wednesday morning, and decreasing by Friday. The NWS notes that if the water reaches 18 feet, buildings at the end of Lewis Land in Grady county will be impacted. Water could approach homes at Dickey Ferry at that level as well.

Sopchoppy River
NWS Tallahassee has extended a flood warning for the Sopchoppy River through Wednesday evening.



River gauges measured the water level at 28.6 feet on Tuesday morning. Minor flooding is expected to continue, since flood stage is 28 feet. The river is forecast to rise to 29.6 feet on Tuesday evening. If it reaches 30 feet, it could flood the painted bridge and ground-level flooding for homes in low-lying areas.

Apalachicola River
The flood warning continues for the Apalachicola River near Blountstown.



The NWS reports a river stage of 18.2 feet on Tuesday morning. Minor flooding is expected to continue, since flood stage is at 17 feet. The river is forecast to rise to near 20.3 feet by Saturday. If that happens, the boat ramp at Estiffanulga in Liberty county will be flooded.

Withlacoochee River

A flood warning is in effect for the Withlacoochie River above Valdosta near Skipper Bridge Road.


The water level on Tuesday morning was at 137.2 feet. Flood stage is at 135 feet, so minor flooding is occurring and expected to continue through Saturday.

A flood warning also applies near U.S. Hwy 84 near Quitman, Georgia. The river water level was measured at 102.5 feet in that location. Flood stage is at 104 feet. The river is expected to rise near 107.5 feet by Saturday. Once the water reaches 106 feet, the boat ramp at Clyattville Nankin road will flood.

The Withlacoochee River near Pinetta on Madison County Road 150 is under a flood warning. The NWS reports a water level of 65.3 feet on Tuesday morning. The water is forecast to rise to 75.3 feet by Sunday morning. If it bypasses that level to 76 feet, several roads near the river in Madison County will be flooded and closed.

Flint River
A flood warning is in place for the Flint River in Bainbridge at U.S. 27.


The river was measured at 22.9 feet on Tuesday morning. Flood stage is at 25 feet. Waters are forecast to rise to near 26.5 feet by Thursday morning.

Spring Creek
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee issued a flood warning for Spring Creek near Iron City, Georgia. The river was measured at 14.9 feet Tuesday morning. Flood stage is at 16 feet. The NWS forecasts the river will rise near 16.6 feet by Thursday. This could lead to flooding in nearby low-lying areas.

Alapaha River
The NWS in Jacksonville has issued a flood warning for the Alapaha River at Statenville.


The river level at 10PM Monday was 100.5 feet. Moderate flooding is expected as the river rises to near 101.4 feet by Wednesday morning. For reference, flood stage for that location is at 100 feet. If the river rises as expected, it could flood the river boat ramp near the river gauge and nearby parking lot. Roughly 10 homes on Griner Road could be cut off by flooding. The NWS also notes the flooding near those homes would decrease after the river falls below 96 feet.