Taylor Co. rescue boats capsize on overflowing Flint River

Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

TAYLOR COUNTY, Ga. -- Middle Georgia's Flint River is overflowing its banks after all the recent rain.

Taylor County sheriff Jeff Watson said the current is taking down trees and could easily take down a person.

"If you watch every so often you'll see big trees floating down where the river is taking down and that debris will hit a boat knock a hole in it, as well as the rapids getting the boat," said Watson.

Wednesday afternoon the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Natural Resources got a call about a flipped over runaway boat.

Watson said when crews got on the water to rescue it, their boats couldn't handle the river.

"We had some volunteers and both of those boat capsized and we got a state patrol helicopter get our guys off the river, so it's very dangerous," he said.

No one was hurt, but now Watson is asking people to stay away from the Flint River for now.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better, we got a lot of rain today, last night, this morning. It's starting to rain now and we are expecting another two inches throughout the night," he said.

Wednesday morning the river was at nine feet, and by Wednesday night it was up to 22 feet. With more rain in the forecast, officials expect the river levels to go up even more.

Staci Castleberry lives in Crawford County and said the river doesn't normally look so flooded.

"It drops down 15 feet before it hits the water it's just a sheer drop and there is usually not this much water," said Castleberry.

During the flood of 1994, the Flint River was up 45 feet - more thtn 20 feet above it's current level.

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