Due to the unusually high volume of rain we have had in the past several weeks water levels are rising on several rivers in the area. This has prompted the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency to issue an advisory to forego using the rivers while the danger of flooding exists.
In cooperation with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Effingham County Fire / Rescue, the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is advising all citizens to stay clear of all waterways within the county, especially the Savannah and Ogeechee River.
The Savannah River at Tuckasee King (Clyo) has a discharge rate of 53,800 cubic feet per second and a stage of 18.06 feet which is forecast to increase to 19.5 feet today.
Edwin Myric, Effingham County EMA director said “We are asking everyone to stay off the waterways due to the increased discharge rate of the water. This advisory extends to all boaters as well.”
Myric warns that the stronger currents are not only a danger to citizens but also for first responders in the event of a rescue.