Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Over this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has coordinated scheduled releases of three reservoirs feeding the Savannah River.
Due to these scheduled releases, water levels along the Savannah River will rise above normal to about 24” upstream to 10” closer to the coast.
Tides are expected to be higher than normal due to atmospheric conditions and the schedule of the new moon. The highest tide anticipated will be Monday evening at about 8.7 feet. This tide measurement coupled with the releases from the Thurmond Dam, will most likely produce some minor flooding along the Savannah River.
Expectations include possible water on the west end of River Street in the lower level parking areas and river side walkways. Additionally, water over Highway 80 leading to Tybee is likely.
Beginning Saturday, the Savannah River will be monitored and conditions documented at high tide. The Georgia DOT has scheduled to place electronic message boards on Highway 80 alerting drivers of the potential hazard.
The Ogeechee River has crested and is expected to begin dropping after tomorrow.
CEMA will continue monitoring both rivers throughout the weekend and alert you to observations adverse to those listed above.